CCCTC Health Academy Seniors Earn National Allied Health Certifications

Pictured (from left) Emma Culler of East Palestine, Cailyn Glosser of Leetonia, Jasmine Landis of Crestview, Margot McHenry of Beaver Local, Kamden Trosky of East Palestine, Katlyn Flowers of Beaver Local, Abigail Bouchillon of Crestview, and Breann Warner of United Local. (Submitted photo)

LISBON — Eight senior students in the Health Academy Program at the Columbiana County Career and Technical Center have passed a national certification exam, earning professional credentials for Certification as Electrocardiogram Technicians (CET)

The Career Center offers career clusters that prepare high school students for their future in the workforce. The health academy cluster offers juniors and seniors the opportunity to learn, study and test for industry-based certifications in a number of allied health professions.

“These students worked hard throughout the health academy program, all while completing their high school curriculum. We designed our program to prepare students to work in healthcare immediately after graduation,” says Mrs. Pam Dawson, RN, Health Academy Instructor. “We are so proud of these students’ accomplishments and we are excited to see the impact they’ll make in the future.”

The Health Academy program teaches students foundational knowledge while providing students with the opportunity to apply skills through hands-on experience. This helps students solidify their understanding of the allied health careers that they are pursuing and gives them the clinical experience necessary to enter the workforce, if desired.

“Earning national certification is a great stepping stone and differentiator for students pursuing a college degree. For graduates who decide to enter the workforce after high school, certification gives them a competitive advantage over other job candidates,” says Laura Flynn, director of the Career and Technical Education Division at National Healthcareer Association (NHA).