Former long-term school board president Jan Ashley, a retired nurse, is teaching the Healthcare Careers class that began in January. The classroom is in the former constructions classroom at the Career Technical Education Center (CTEC), which was formerly the West Side Regional Occupation Program. The WIOA office is also located on the CTEC campus.
Ashley teaches two classes, each with 17 students. Next school year, she plans to teach two introductory classes for juniors and an advanced class for seniors. “It will be a very exciting, dynamic classroom,” she said.
She said school trustees envisioned offering the healthcare class for many years and she is glad to finally be implementing that vision. The class is very hands-on with students learning the fundamentals of sports medicine, like how to wrap and tape sports injuries; and, dentistry like making impressions. The curriculum is 17 modules through the Paxton Patterson education company. Taft school officials visited the well-established program at Delano High School before implementing classes here.
The class will help students “decide if they even like this field,” Ashley said. If students do enjoy the medical field they will have some background to continue their education nearby at Taft College, Bakersfield College or California State University, Bakersfield.