As part of a one million dollar collaborative grant from the state’s Straight A Fund, Hilliard City Schools will begin the Academy MD program this fall. These classes will allow students to graduate with credits and highly marketable technical skills applicable to the medical field.
To ensure this program gives students exactly what they need Hilliard administrators met with a medical advisory board. Central Ohio doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other professionals in the medical industry were asked for their expertise in making this program a success. They provided feedback on what specific skills the students will need, what credentials they should work toward and what are the emerging jobs in this ever changing field. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, health care is among the largest industries seeing growth and it is expected to continue to see a significant amount of job growth in the coming years. The Academy MD program will match the skills necessary to perform these jobs with the district’s curriculum to create a unique pathway to employment for Hilliard students.
The new courses will be housed at the McVey Innovative Learning Center. Renovations will begin this summer. The grant includes a partnership amongst 18 Central Ohio school districts sharing $14.4 million. Hilliard City Schools received $917,475 for the Academy MD program.