HOUSTON (CBS Houston) The Houston Independent School District, in partnership with the Houston Community College as well as the University of Texas MD Anderson School of Health Professions, announced a new FUTURES Academy of Heath Science Careers at Westside High School this week.
HISD’s Superintendent Terry Grier stated that the endeavor is one that will offer HISD students an education with depth and will equip them with tremendous opportunities in the future: “This is an optimal opportunity for students to be exposed to the many diverse and viable health professions in Houston and across the state,” HISD Superintendent Terry Grier said in a statement. “This program will create a direct pipeline for HISD students into the University of Texas MD Anderson School of Health Professions and careers in the Texas Medical Center.”
According to HISD, the program will offer students education, information and a structured knowledge health professions: clinical laboratory science, cytogenetic technology, cytotechnology, diagnostic imaging, histotechnology, medical dosimetry, molecular genetic technology, and radiation therapy.
“In addition to career training in high-demand, technical fields, students in the FUTURES Academy at Westside will have an opportunity to earn an associate’s degree while in high school and receive practicum opportunities,” added HISD officials.
The FUTURES Academy program will begin in August and will welcome 50 to 60 freshman students initially. “These students will begin taking dual-credit classes in the spring of 2014”, added district officials.
HISD further stated that the other six FUTURES Academy programs and schools include:
• Academy of Engineering Technology at Furr High School
• Academy of Process Technology at Kashmere High School
• Academy of Pharmacy Technology at Long School
• Academy of Network and Computer Administration at Scarborough High School
• Academy of Logistics and Global Supply at Sterling High School
• Academy of Manufacturing Engineering Technology at Washington High School
For parents/guardians who seek more information on any of HISD’s seven FUTURES Academies, they can call 713-556-6981.