Early College Health Sciences Academy
The Early College Health Sciences Academy received some welcome recognition when described in the League for Innovations March 13 League Connections. As they noted:
South-Central Kansas high school students interested in careers in health-care professions have found a low-cost, high impact way to get a head start on their college education. The Butler Community College Early College Health Science Academy (ECHSA) offers an exceptional opportunity for students to integrate the last two years of high school with the first two years of college.
The program has proven to be very successful. Since its inception in 2011, the number of ECHSA students has grown sixty-four percent. ECHSA students have been very successful academically; 100% of the students have passed the CNA licensing exam, and a significant number of the students are already employed in health-related positions, where they are gaining experience while benefitting financially. ECHSA students are able to move into health/science careers earlier and be better prepared for success than traditional high school students.
Early college expansion plans are already underway at Butler Community College. Three additional early college programs are in the development stage and projected to start in fall 2013.
Kudos to program director Dr. Marcy Aycock, ECHSA Director, 316-776-9429, seen below on the left.