PLANO (May 23, 2016) — The Plano ISD Health Sciences Academy honored its inaugural graduating class with a pinning ceremony on Saturday, May 21 at Collin College’s Spring Creek Campus. The graduates received medical certification training and earned dual credit through the joint venture between Collin College and Plano ISD.

“Our local population is booming, and with each new resident, the shortage of healthcare professionals is compounded. Partnerships like this are vital to the building the pipeline of talent for our hospitals and medical systems,” said Dr. Neil Matkin, Collin College district president. “We salute the hard work and determination of these graduates, and we expect great things from them. Their strong sense of purpose and education through this unique partnership are the starting points for exceptional careers.”

The Plano ISD Health Sciences Academy opened in the fall of 2013 as a way to provide students with early educational pathways into health care, grounded in both scholarship and skills training. In it, students are allowed to explore health care more deeply to determine if that career path suits their interests, while also earning dual credit accepted at colleges and universities across Texas.

The Health Sciences Academy was recently awarded a Texas Association of College Technical Educators Award of Excellence, which recognizes college programs that demonstrate innovative partnerships and best practices in workforce education promoting student success.

Positioned on Plano ISD campuses for ease of student access, Health Sciences Academy classes are taught by Collin College professors who bring the same educational rigor to the HSA that they do to their college courses. Students are expected to maintain both high school and college coursework while also participating in clinicals as a prerequisite to certification in their chosen career pathway.

“In partnership with Collin College, Plano ISD is proud to celebrate the first graduating class from the Health Sciences Academy and commemorate this important milestone,” said Dr. Brian Binggeli, Plano ISD superintendent of schools. “This charter class of seniors should be proud of each step they’ve made to get here and each step they will continue to make toward their goals and aspirations. These students chose a clear pathway for their learning that demonstrated focus and commitment at a young age. Their achievement as graduates is a shining example of entities working closely together to best serve students.”

This first graduating class includes: 10 emergency medical technicians, 10 patient care technicians, three electrocardiogram technicians and three phlebotomy technicians. In addition, 20 students completed nurse aide training. Many have already completed their certification testing and some are already using that certification in the workforce.

This year’s graduates are: Naser Asfoor, Bijan Azimi, Brandon Beech, Naomi Brown, Emma Christner Ashleigh Corbett, Lorely Cortez, Yasavyi Dandamudi, Lily Dao, Gabby Dinh, Sarah Dubois, Geny George, Daylia Hollins, Jadesola Jaiyesimi, Theresa Jennings, Claire Leary, Mia Mainville, Brian McKay, Huong Nguyen, Nga (Christina) Nguyen, Houghton Nguyen, Peter Nguyen, Divya Parmar, Franchesca Perez, Diana Sanchez, Sumaiyyah Sharief, Huston Svondrk, Shelby Thomas, Tiffany Tou, Orion Tse and Timothy You.

The Plano Independent School District (Plano ISD) endeavors to foster the highest level of student learning. The mission of Plano ISD is to provide an excellent education for each student. Plano ISD is located 20 miles north of Dallas, Texas and serves the residents of approximately 100 square miles in southwest Collin County, including 66 square miles in the city of Plano, northern portions of the cities of Dallas and Richardson and parts of the cities of Allen, Parker and Murphy. Plano ISD employs more than 6,500 staff members who serve more than 55,000 students in 72 schools and 11 service facilities. Plano ISD schools empower students to be able to adapt to new learning and career opportunities throughout their lives, collaborate with, and contribute to, the global community and to be disciplined and creative in their thinking.

 

About Collin College

Collin College is a community college located in North Texas’ Collin County, the only public college in the county. One of the fastest-growing community colleges or universities in Texas, the college serves nearly 52,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degrees and certificates in a wide range of disciplines. With seven campuses throughout the college district, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and workforce development. Collin College has locations in Plano (Spring Creek Campus), McKinney (Central Park Campus) and Frisco (Preston Ridge Campus). In addition, there are satellite centers in Allen, Plano and Rockwall. In addition, the college operates the Collin Higher Education Center, which serves 3,300 additional students each year in partnership with The University of Texas at Dallas, Texas Woman’s University, Texas A&M Commerce, Texas Tech and the University of North Texas. For more information, visit collin.edu.