EASTERN’s Allied Health Program Expands

Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) is pleased to announce that the Allied Health program has been approved to open a second section for the 2021- 2022 school year, increasing the capacity of the program from 30 to 60 students. The Allied Health program is for high school seniors interested in a career in the healthcare field. The program’s popularity has consistently grown over the past decade, with an increasing number of students left on a waitlist.

Currently, the program only allows 15 students in the morning session, which runs from 7:45 – 10:30 a.m.; and 15 students in the afternoon session, which runs from 12:00 to 2:45 p.m. EASTERN’s Joint Operating Committee approved the hiring of a second instructor, so that the program can double in size, allowing more high school students to get a head start on their healthcare education. In addition to healthcare professional shadow experiences (dependent on COVID restrictions), EASTERN’s Allied Health program is also dually enrolled with Montgomery County Community College, where students will have the potential of earning three transferable college credits for Medical Terminology at a significantly reduced tuition rate.

“Our Allied Health program is very popular and has been a platform for many students to pursue careers in the health care industry. There is a myriad of rewarding jobs in the health care industry and we want to make sure that more students have the opportunity to learn and experience this field while still in high school.” said Dr. Cathleen Plesnarski, EASTERN’s Executive Director. “Allied Health provides students in Eastern Montgomery County with the opportunity to explore and clarify their career goals, from becoming a nurse, a physician’s assistant, or doctor. This expansion is made possible by the commitment of our Joint Operating Committee and district Superintendents to connect our students to their career goals. We want to thank our participating schools for their support and patience.”

Be sure a career pathway in healthcare is right for you! This one-year senior-only program is designed for students with rigorous academic preparation who plan to continue their education in college to prepare for a career in the health field. Students have the opportunity shadow health professionals, dependent on COVID restrictions. This program offers the potential of earning college credits at Montgomery County Community College at reduced tuition rate. This unique opportunity provides students with a first-hand look at the many healthcare careers available to them. Fore more information, please visit https://www.eastech.org/eastern-programs/alh/.

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