The Introduction to Health Careers program, for example, has two dozen eager high school juniors and seniors who are more than happy to spend three evenings a week for the entire school year at the ROC in order to further their dreams of working in the medical field. The course is taught by Laura Branford, RN-c, MSN.
The students come from schools throughout Bakersfield and as far as Arvin High and Shafter High (bus transportation is provided for free).
In addition to earning high school credit, Intro to Health Career students may also qualify for Bakersfield College credit (MEDS B60 – Medical Terminology).
For seniors, this is a great head-start before heading off to college next year. For juniors, the opportunities are even greater, as they will have priority next year for the ROC’s impacted medical programs (Pharmacy Tech, Nursing Assistant, Medical Assistant, Dental Assistant, Sports Medicine). Each of these programs will be located next year at CTEC, ROC’s sister campus due to open in August 2020.