Proposed School Targets Shortage of Medical Workers
San Diego State University professors are partnering with Sharp Healthcare and San Diego City College to open a medical charter high school in September that serves students countywide, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. The San Diego Unified School District later this month will vote on plans for the charter school.
Students at the school could earn their high school diploma while taking San Diego City College courses that include biology, microbiology and other prerequisites for students interested in entering health care degree programs. The college also offers licensed vocational nursing and registered nursing programs.
Frederick Johnson, chair of the board of directors for the charter school, said the school would help address the demand for health care workers, especially minorities, to serve the region's diverse population.
The school in its first year hopes to enroll 200 ninth- and 10th-graders. By its third year, it hopes to enroll 400 students through 12th grade (Gao, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2/4).