Health Science Specialty Center Program

Health Science Specialty Center Program
Posted on 06/12/2019
Health Science Specialty Center program graduates

Hanover County Public Schools (HCPS) is pleased to announce that thirty-three students have completed the Health Science Specialty Center (HSSC) program at Hanover High School (HHS) and will graduate on June 15. This is the first group of seniors to complete the program since it began in the fall of 2016.

“It has been exciting to watch the Health Science Specialty Center progress from a concept to welcoming our first class to preparing to graduate our first set of students. I am thankful for the students and educators who took a risk in being part of this inaugural class, as well as the numerous business partnerships we have established. Together, they have built the foundation for a center that now welcomes over a 100 new students a year from across the division in order to prepare young minds for health sciences careers,” said Superintendent Dr. Michael Gill.

These students enrolled in health science infused courses as sophomores before declaring a specific pathway for their junior year. The four pathways available to students in the program are nursing aide, sports medicine, emergency medical technician (EMT), and pharmacy technician. In addition, students that tested and received a passing score earned a variety of credentials, such as certified nursing assistant, national pharmacy technician, state and national EMT, and certified personal trainer.

“I am so proud of these students for accomplishing in three years of high school what most don’t accomplish until well into adulthood. With the foundation they have earned through the Health Science Specialty Center, there is no limit to what they can accomplish as future medical professionals,” said Dr. Chandra Rhue, HSSC coordinator.

Students apply to the HSSC program in the eighth grade and are selected through a lottery system. They become full-time HHS students and earn either a standard or an advanced diploma. The Specialty Center also offers stand-alone elective courses to all HCPS high school students featuring STEM and public safety options.

The HSSC students participated in an awards ceremony at HHS on May 30 where they received graduation cords, pins, and testing certificates.

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