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One of a kind program yields one of a kind opportunity for Chester County students

One of a kind program yields one of a kind opportunity for Chester County students

West Grove, PA – The Chester County Technical College High School (TCHS) isPennsylvania’s first hybrid career and technical high school and communitycollege, so it should come as no surprise that its career and technicalprograms are pioneering through uncharted territory as well.


The Health Career Academy at the Technical College HighSchool is the first of its kind in Pennsylvania. Students graduating from theprogram this June will be the first group of students to complete this two-yearprogram in its entirety, giving them an unprecedented opportunity and advantageover their peers.  For example,four of its soon-to-be high school graduates have already earned 14 collegecredits, which about equals just a full college semester of work.

“We are so happy to have the first group of students tocomplete the program in its entirety graduating this year,” said VirginiaWhite, Health Career Academy instructor. “Since this is the school’s secondyear and the program requires a two-year commitment, this class will be thefirst to fully reap the benefits of the Health Career Academy.”

According to White, all of this year’s graduates will becontinuing their nursing education at the post-secondary level.

Kyleen Bohon and Alyssa Hoeger from Avon Grove High School,and classmates Nicholas Hoopes from Octorara Area High School, and VictoriaHamilton of Oxford Area High School, have been accepted into Delaware CountyCommunity College’s Registered Nursing Program.  All four have earned at least 14 college credits while inthe Health Career Academy program and will begin their college career with asemester’s worth of credit.

“I decided to attend TCHS when I realized the greatopportunity that existed,” said Hoeger. “I ultimately want to be a nurseanaesthetist, so I figured it’d be smart to enroll in a program that could giveme a head start in my nursing career while I was still in high school.”

The college credits earned upon completion of the TCHSprogram are applicable to colleges and nursing programs across the state andnation.

“I honestly went into the Health Career Academy with theopportunity for eventually getting a good job in mind and ended up finding outthat I really loved what I was learning,” said fellow classmate VictoriaHamilton. “I even ended up learning about opportunities in the healthcare fieldthat I didn’t even know existed. Now, I’ll be continuing my education in the DCCC nursing program andhave a goal to someday work at A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children.”

For more information on the Health Career Academy or any ofthe programs at the Chester County Technical College High School, please visit www.technicalcollegehighschool.orgor email admissions@cciu.org.

PhotoCaption: The Health Career Academyat the Technical College High School is the first of its kind in Pennsylvania.Students graduating from the program this June will be the first group ofstudents to complete this two-year program in its entirety, giving them anunprecedented opportunity and advantage over their peers.  For example, four of its soon-to-behigh school graduates have already earned 14 college credits, which aboutequals just a full college semester of work. Pictured from left to right, arethose four students: (seated) Nicholas Hoopes from Octorara High School,Victoria Hamilton from Oxford Area High School, (standing) Kyleen Bohon andAlyssa Hoeger from Avon Grove High School.
Stacy Ososkie
stacyo@cciu.org
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