Training The Next Medical ProfessionalsWritten by Beatriz Reyna
Students at Lexington High School are getting a feel for the medical field.
And it's right in their back yard literally.
In a time when there is a demand of nurses and physicians, Lexington High School is staying ahead of the trend.
“This may be a stepping stone for them or it may be a career for them. Either way wherever you go you can find a job,” says Carolyn Kulhanek, Service Coord./Plum Creek Health Care Comm. Assitant Living.
Darcy Benjamin is one of ten students enrolled in the nursing aide class.
It's a semester long, hands on, pre-college level course offered to students who might be thinking about a career in the medical field.
“I like helping people. I'm used to helping people for example when my grandpa was sick. I just really like helping people,” says Darcy Benjamin , Lexington HS 12th Grade.
And it doesn't get any better for students.
The course is paid through the high school and students receive college credit through Central Community College, which is a bonus for students like Katy Derick who wants to be a message therapist.
“I can kind of almost see what I have to do in a way. It's not exactly the same thing but like working hands on a person,” says Katy Derick, Lexington HS 12th Grade.
“The skills are laid out through the State of Nebraska. They got steps that they have to follow and they have to get 70 percent of the steps correct in order to pass the check off. So it is a difficult class as far as that goes,” says Kulhanek.
Either way students say their time spent here has paid off.
“It helps you out a lot. You save money and you learn a lot and right when you graduate you can get a job,” says Benjamin.