School provides students with career certifications

POCAHONTAS, AR (KAIT) - The Pocahontas High School has partnered with Black River Technical College to provide students with certification in two career pathways.

The Technical Opportunities and Pathways for Secondary Students programs allow a student to choose a health or industrial path.

Eleven students are enrolled in the program, which is free for juniors and seniors.

"Our idea was to have value-added diplomas," said Principal Lesa Grooms.  "This gave our students a chance to graduate not only with a high school diploma but also to have a certification."

Grooms says this allows students to begin working in the health or industrial fields right out of high school.

"In the health pathway, in your first semester, you can become a CNA and phlebotomist certified," she said.  "You continue on in one pathway to become a fire science or an EMT."

She said in the alternative pathway students begin with their allied health requirements for nursing.

Along with their welding program, the school offers industrial electricity and machine tools certifications.

Grooms says the certifications could potentially cut down on a student class load and college costs.

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