Health Science Academies are high school curriculum programs designed to expose and prepare students who wish to pursue health related careers. Established in 2012 at Big Sky High School, this program offers a small learning community for approximately 290 students annually.
The Big Sky Health Science Academy blends college-prep academics with work-based learning, occupational coursework and job skills. Students have the opportunity to participate in job shadowing, mentoring, career exploration and volunteering. The Big Sky program has assisted many students in completing a professional certification in one of the following fields: EMT, CNA, PCA and Phlebotomy.
According to the Big Sky High School Coordinator, Andrea Stephens, “We work with over 50 community partners who provide work-based learning and service opportunities as well as 'ed-ventures' for our students. The students explore careers during two job shadows in their junior year and one in their senior year.” CMC is proud to be part of this community endeavor by providing job shadowing and mentoring opportunities including exposure to a variety of patient populations and healthcare roles.
Emilee Maplethorpe, a Senior Academy High School Student, attributes her time spent job shadowing pediatric nurse, Chris Leder, RN, CPN, on the Community Children's Inpatient Pediatric Unit as the reason she plans on pursuing a nursing career. She states, “It was interesting to see a teenager at one end of the hall and a baby at the other.” Emilee has been accepted into nursing school and aspires to return to Community Children's in four years to join the pediatric nursing team.