Ala. school district launching nursing program

PIEDMONT, Ala. (AP) — An eastern Alabama school district is launching a program to help high school students work toward becoming certified nursing assistants.

The Anniston Star reports (http://bit.ly/1luq6o7 ) the Piedmont school system is using a $99,000 state grant to launch the Health Science iWork Academy in fall of 2014.

Students who enroll in the program as ninth graders will take a medical class each year until the 11th grade. During their senior year, participating students will be able to intern at local medical offices and enroll in medical-related college courses, director of administrative services Mike Hayes says.

Hayes says the district consulted with Jacksonville State University, Gadsden State Community College and Regional Medical Center while they developed the program.

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Information from: The Anniston Star, http://www.annistonstar.com/

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