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Parkway Medical Program Helps Students Prepare for Careers

Recently a Parkway student demonstrated his newfound knowledge by checking the blood pressure of Deputy Superintendent Desi Kirchhofer at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in West County.

The student is part of a new Parkway program—the Pre-Professional Health Sciences Academy—that places seniors in hospital settings to learn firsthand about the field. This one-year course combines class time with on-site learning at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital. Students can also receive college credit at both a community college and the University of Central Missouri.

Coordinator of Career and Technical Education Jennifer Stanfill, who helped set up the program and the partnership with Barnes-Jewish, says, “Students have an opportunity to talk with physical therapists, nurses, doctors and radiologists so they can learn what they do and don’t like before spending money on college courses.”

Read more about Parkway’s commitment to train students early for future growth jobs in Scholastic Administrator magazine.