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Halifax County High School health and medical career program awarded $250,000 grant

SoVaNow.com / July 15, 2021
For the second consecutive year, Halifax County High School has received a Claude Moore Scholarship Foundation grant in the amount of $250,000 for the school’s health and medical science career cluster. Hence it is deemed appropriate to name the program The Claude Moore School of Health and Medical Science.

The current enrollment of 350 students focuses on careers in the health care field on every level from the most basic to the most skilled. Currently, the school offers pathways in certified nursing assistant and pharmacy technician through a range of supporting classes. The recent grant award will allow for additional courses, training equipment, and t-shirts to promote the health and medical school.

Courses prepare students for employment, “from the person working in food service, laundry, or housekeeping to the CNAs, RNs, or brain surgeon,” said Career and Technical Education Coordinator Debra Woltz.

This year, the school will be adding sports medicine to the curriculum, providing avenues to athletic training in the fields of physical therapy (PT), occupational therapy (OT), and PT and OT aides. The school also will be adding medical coding and billing. The local medical community is contributing to programming decisions by offering guidance on the health needs of local and regional areas.

Another item that has been purchased with the grant funding is a life-size virtual human dissection table. This table has virtual bodies from four different human cadavers; students will use it to study the human body, the different body systems and how they work. They will be able to pull away the skin, the muscle, manipulate the organs, bones, tendons, and nerves.

“I’m excited to see this tool in action and how it works,” said Woltz, adding the cadaver-imaging tables will arrive this fall. She invited trustees to come to the high school and check it out when it arrives.

In addition, funds from the grant have been used to purchase t-shirts for students in health and medical career fields. All trustees received a t-shirt during Monday night’s school board meeting. Certain days will be designated as “career day” for students to wear their shirts for the purpose of representing the career-focused school and inform other students about the opportunity for a career-focused education in health care.

“We will have health and medical science days, when students will wear these t-shirts to show the high school [staff] and the other students this is the community we are building, we are collaborating on different things,” said Woltz.

Funds from this past year have been instrumental in providing a 14-passenger bus that will be used primarily to transport students from the high school to the hospital or nursing homes for clinicals. This is something that has been needed for a long time and the grant made it possible, Woltz told school trustees. The bus does not require the driver to hold a CDL license.

“The bus is parked outside behind the school and I encourage you all to take a look at it during your break. It is very nice and we are very fortunate to have it,” said Woltz adding this bus will be available for sports and field trips.

Dr. Claude Moore was a successful physician in Northern Virginia and landowner in Loudoun County. His foundation, established in 1987, seeks to enhance opportunities in the medical industry across the Commonwealth through education.

Anyone interested in more information or to enroll in one of the HCHS career pathways should contact Woltz at 434-575-2013 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).



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