As the demand for trained healthcare workers grows, Midland College (MC) is partnering
with the Midland Independent School District (MISD) to educate the next generation
of skilled healthcare providers through the Health Sciences Academy, a component of
the MC/MISD College & Careers Academies.
This very successful program enables high school students to receive both high school
and college credit and earn a variety of certifications that prepare them for entry-level
careers at Midland Memorial Hospital, long-term care facilities and physician offices.
These certifications include emergency medicine, pharmacy technician, phlebotomy,
certified nurse aide, EKG technician and patient care technician. Once certified,
students are then able to obtain employment in Midland’s healthcare industry and help
contribute to family incomes, while at the same time continue their studies into more
advanced health careers.
MC instructors teach the high school juniors and seniors in the program through classroom
theory and hands-on skills training so that they can prepare for treating actual patients
during the clinical portion of the program.
Before students can complete the on-site clinical requirements, they must pay for
uniforms, supplies, drug screens and finger printing. Then, after they complete the
required training and clinical hours, they pay certification exam fees, which cost
over $600. Midland College is asking for your support to provide supplies and fees for students
to obtain the necessary equipment and certifications to begin in-demand employment
in Midland’s healthcare industry.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in healthcare occupations
is projected to grow 15 percent from now through 2029, much faster than the average
for all occupations, adding about 2.4 million new jobs. Healthcare occupations are
projected to add more jobs than any other occupational group. In addition, the need
for senior assistance is expected to increase dramatically, at around seven times
the average rate. An aging American population is projected to drive a surge in a
diversity of healthcare jobs
Our Health Sciences students will become the professionals who administer healthcare
to all of us. Your gift will impact the career opportunities of these students and ultimately all