Tue May 29, 2012

Groundbreaking Health Science Program Gets New Digs in Greeley

High school students in Greeley who want to pursue health careers will have new training opportunities with the start of the school year. Officials with Weld County School District 6 will celebrate the expansion of the Banner/NCMC Health Science Academy with a groundbreaking Tuesday morning at Greeley Central High School. 

The program will offer a four-year career pathway program for students who want to become nurses, doctors or medical technicians.

Over the summer the district will build a state-of-the-art simulated medical lab for classes.

“It will be equipped with hospital beds, medical mannequins, all of the diagnostic and therapeutic equipment that is used in a medical facility,” explains District 6 spokesperson Roger Fiedler. “So the students are going to feel they’re getting a real, in-depth 21st century learning experience, preparing them for a health care career.”

The program will serve about 200 students from Greeley, Evans and nearby communities.

North Colorado Medical Center and Banner Health each donated $150,000 to fund the program earlier this year.  Construction of the clinical classroom will take place this summer, with the Academy ready by the start of the school year in August.

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