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Running Start for Careers Offers New Healthcare Training Courses

High school juniors and seniors now have more options with added Running Start for Careers courses

September 19, 2013


Albuquerque- Mayor Richard J. Berry and the City of Albuquerque are partnering with Presbyterian Healthcare Services to offer healthcare courses to high school students through the city’s Running Start for Careers program. Initiated by Mayor Berry, the program brings industry professionals and curriculum into high schools so that students can graduate with a running start on their careers.

Now in its third year, Running Start for Careers includes classes in film, construction/building, hospitality, finance and, thanks to the partnership with Presbyterian, healthcare.

Presbyterian joins the Running Start for Careers partnership that already includes Central New Mexico Community College, Albuquerque Public Schools and the City of Albuquerque.

These newest courses are designed to familiarize students with career opportunities in the $1.7 trillion healthcare industry. Students will be exposed to a variety of professions in healthcare and will learn the skills necessary for a career in the field, including professional behaviors, teamwork, communication skills, legal and ethical responsibilities, cultural considerations, problem-solving, decision-making, personal responsibility and self-management.

The courses offered through Running Start for Careers are distinctive in that they provide a direct path to the industry in which students are trying to get jobs— creating unique opportunities for mentorship, apprenticeships, and sometimes even a job upon graduation.  

"Running Start for Careers is an innovative program that provides students the opportunity to learn real life career skills from industry experts while allowing industry to teach their desired skills to their future workplace associates. It’s a win-win situation that helps all those involved while adding value to the local economy," said Mayor Berry.

"We want our high school students to be inspired to learn about a career path that captures their attention and drives them to success. The addition of courses in the field of healthcare opens up the door to success for an even larger number of students," he added.

"Presbyterian is very excited to participate in the City of Albuquerque’s Running Start for Careers program by providing this unique learning experience," said Kathy Davis, RN, the Chief Nursing Officer for Presbyterian Healthcare Services. "High school students now have the opportunity to learn firsthand about careers in healthcare from Presbyterian’s experienced clinical education instructors, while earning dual credits for high school and college."

"Central New Mexico Community College is thrilled to be the higher education partner, giving high school students the ability to earn dual credit along with real world experiences. We hope these students will be inspired to continue-on in their pursuit of a college degree," said CNM President Katharine Winograd.

"We want our students in Albuquerque Public Schools to have lots of choices as they prepare for college and careers," said APS Superintendent Winston Brooks. "The healthcare classes now offered by Running Start for Careers expand choices for students and give them more opportunities to get ahead as they prepare for successful futures."

As part of the healthcare courses, students will be given the opportunity to shadow a healthcare professional and participate in simulation labs as an instructional method to introduce patient care delivery.  Site visits and guest speakers within the different fields of healthcare will be included to enhance student’s overall understanding of the scope of the healthcare profession. Classes begin this week at Presbyterian’s Northside campus.