Health Careers Academy (HCA)
The Health Careers Academy is a program that offers academic curriculum as well as vocational experiences for students interested in careers in health care. Students are introduced to diverse health career opportunities to prepare them for skilled entry-level jobs and/or entrance into colleges, universities, or technical schools.
The Davis High School Health Careers Academy is a four year "school within a school" program which offers a college preparatory academic curriculum as well as vocational experiences for students interested in careers in medicine. Our goal is to provide students with progressively higher levels of competence leading towards high skill, high-wage careers. We strive to introduce students to diverse health career opportunities so that, upon graduation, students will be prepared for skilled entry-level jobs and/or entrance into colleges, universities, or technical schools. Our focus is the college bound student. Our success is documented.
This program provides career education alongside a thematic approach in medical health science for the core classes. All subject matter is presented in a manner that demonstrates the relevance of the education to real life experiences and real health careers. In addition to classroom experiences, student have the opportunity to participate in leadership activities through HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America), field trips, workplace learning, job shadowing, mentorship's and community service activities. Because we believe that in order for our students to someday be able to provide appropriate, sensitive, and technologically proficient healthcare, it is necessary for them to have "real life" experiences in "real life" settings.
We would like to encourage you to become a part of our program.
Please note the following details:
- At the time of application, a 1.8 GPA is required.
- Accdeptance into the Health Careers Academy allows the student to make an intradistrict transfer from their high school of residence to Grace M. Davis High School. Failure to maintain satisfactory progress and enrollment in the Health Careers Academy may result in the revocation of the intradistrict transfer.
- Students in the first two years of the Health Careers Academy will have a rigorous schedule. Freshmen and Sophomores may need to enroll in seven courses and/or summer school in order to meet CSU/UC a-f requirements as well as state and district graduation requirements. All Health Careers Academy core academic classes are college preparatory level and meet the requirements for CSU/UC admission.
- In some cases, required courses may be satisfied through alternative means. Those students who are athletes should be aware that all freshmen must take a physical education class. However, after the freshman year, four quarters of any sport will fulfill that requirement. A computer literacy challenge test is available for students who can demonstrate computer proficiency. This test is offered five times a year. Information about this test can be accessed through the Modesto City Schools website.
**It is very important to us that students and their parents/guardians are aware that the commitment of time and energy expected of Health Careers Academy students is not a small commitment by any means. While students will be given numerous opportunities for growth and learning that might not be available elsewhere, it is important to recognize the types of skills and behaviors that we will be trying to develop in our students. Our goal is for all students to succeed. If this is not possible in our program, it is our responsibility to work with students to find an area in which they can be successful.
You must return all the following items, along with your ballot to your teacher or your counselor at the junior high you are currently attending.
- Complete Application for Admission
- Student Letter of Intent
- Letter of Support from parent/guardian (also found at http://goo.gl/nQ1bWk)
- A teacher recommendation (also found at http://goo.gl/y7QjX4)
- Copy of current transcript
- Copy of attendance record for the past year
In order to be admitted into the Health Careers Academy, students must..
- Complete the Health Careers Academy Application process on-line.
- Be approved by the committee that reviews New Admission Applications
Criterion for remaining in the Health Careers Academy
Upon application and/or acceptance to the Health Careers Academy, students and parents agree to uphold the following or they may be released from the program:
- Maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA in HCA courses
- Keep absences to a minimum
- No unsatisfactory citizenship grades in HCA courses
- Maintain academic and citizenship eligibility in order to participate in HCA activities such as job shadowing, field trips, guest speakers, etc.
- Tutoring will be required for any student who has earned a D or below in any academy class, including math.
If these conditions are not met, students may be placed on a behavior contract or academic probation for the remainder of the school year or be released from the program at the end of the semester if necessary. Students may not opt out of the HCA at mid-year. They will need to ballot out at the end of the academic year.
1. Will my student be missing out on college preparatory courses by being in Health Careers Academy?
No. All of our core courses (English, history, science) are advanced level, college preparatory courses which meet the standards set up by the California university system (both UC and CSU) as courses acceptable for application. This also applies to out of state colleges and universities. In addition, students wishing to take advanced placement courses may do so, but can only be out of the HCA core classes and no more than 1 period each day. If you know what school your child will be attending after high school, contact the department of admissions and check with your student's counselor regarding specific requirements. More prestigious schools will have a more rigorous protocol for admission.
2. Are there Advanced Placement (AP) classes within the Health Careers Academy?
No, there are not AP offerings within the HCA. However, we are fortunate enough to have AP teachers in our Academy (Spanish, Government/Economics, and European World History) who are willing to work with students who want to take the AP exams in those courses. If AP is your desired pathway, there are accommodations that can be discussed on a one-on-one situation.
3. How does the HCA help my graduating student?
The Academy has developed a portfolio that the students will complete by their senior year. This portfolio will help to guide students in attaining letters of recommendation, certificates of merit, a resume, and documents that will be helpful for the student who is interviewing for career positions or college acceptance. The most impressive part of the student's portfolio will be the face that they have made a commitment to a four-year "Academy" program and completed it.
4. What is the value of Regional Occupation Program?
The ROP experience is designed to give students hands-on experience in a real, live workplace. Technology programs such as dental hygiene, LVN (licensed vocational nurse), RN (registered nurse), medical technician, or other ancillary programs look favorably on this type of experience because the students have had an opportunity to "test drive" their field of choice. These students are not as apt to change their minds in the middle of a program.
In applying for a job, the ROP student has a clear advantage over other applicants because of experience gained within the health industry. Many times students get caught in the loop of not being employable because they lack experience and can't get experience because they have never been employed.
Additionally, there is a certain amount of "networking" that occurs between students and professionals in the health care industry. In other words, professionals tend to remember our students.
5. How will the HCA help students attain their goals?
It is important for us to provide students with career information from a variety of sources. We look to the health care community for partners in education who are willing to work with our students and us. We encourage students to be realistic in their career goals. We also provide opportunities for our students to see people in health professions through job shadowing, mentorships, and apprenticeships so they know more people are involved in health care than just doctors.
6. How can the HCA be reached?
Our Health Careers Academy office number is 576-4867. This phone is a message phone, which is checked regularly throughout the day (however, not during summer). Our HCA office fax is 576-4864. In addition, please feel free to contact the program coordinator, Tom Nipper, at firstname.lastname@example.org.