The Alaska Career and Technical Education (CTE) Plan mandates the development of CTE Programs of Study in high schools across the state. The Alaska Workforce Investment Board (AWIB) has funded several projects to further this goal, including the opportunity to implement a healthcare career pathway to prepare high school students while they obtain college credits. The courses to date include: Intro to Health Careers and Math in Health Care. Sixteen high school students in Ketchikan, Klawock and Pacific High in Sitka attended Mini Health Academies and eighteen students from Mt. Edgecumbe participated in a health careers orientation.
Ketchikan High School students have an active HOSA chapter for Future Health Professionals and several alumnae are now working in health careers.
Bryana Homan, former HOSA president, received a four-year scholarship to study nursing. Job shadowing through the vocational medicine class at the high school was key. Bryana says, “I am very lucky to know what I want to do. I appreciate the support of PeaceHealth, my high school class and being able to see what pediatricians do.”
We look forward to welcoming Briana and other Ketchikan High School students back as health professionals.