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Posted September 24, 2013

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Running Start for Careers Offers Healthcare Training

High school juniors and seniors now have more options with added Running Start for Careers courses.

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Albuquerque Public Schools and the city of Albuquerque announced last week a partnership with Presbyterian Healthcare Services to offer healthcare courses to high school students through the Running Start for Careers program.

Initiated by Mayor Richard J. Berry, the program brings industry professionals and curriculum into high schools so that students can graduate with a running start on their careers.

“We want our students in Albuquerque Public Schools to have lots of choices as they prepare for college and careers,” said APS Superintendent Winston Brooks. “The healthcare classes now offered by Running Start for Careers expand choices for students and give them more opportunities to get ahead as they prepare for successful futures.”

In its third year, Running Start for Careers includes classes in film, construction/building, hospitality, finance and now, thanks to the partnership with Presbyterian, healthcare.

These newest courses are designed to familiarize students with career opportunities in the $1.7 trillion healthcare industry. Students will be exposed to a variety of professions in healthcare and will learn the skills necessary for a career in the field, including professional behaviors, teamwork, communication skills, legal and ethical responsibilities, cultural considerations, problem-solving, decision-making, personal responsibility and self-management.

The courses offered through Running Start for Careers are distinctive in that they provide a direct path to the industry in which students are trying to get jobs— creating unique opportunities for mentorships, apprenticeships, and sometimes even a job upon graduation.

“Running Start for Careers is an innovative program that provides students the opportunity to learn real life career skills from industry experts while allowing industry to teach their desired skills to their future workplace associates. It’s a win-win situation that helps all those involved while adding value to the local economy,” said Mayor Berry.

“We want our high school students to be inspired to learn about a career path that captures their attention and drives them to success. The addition of courses in the field of healthcare opens up the door to success for an even larger number of students,” he added.

Go here for more information on Running Start for Careers.

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