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The Lake Nona High School Health Sciences Academy is designed to prepare motivated students for a future in the expanding fields of health care. This program provides students with the education and hands-on training that can lead to certifications in many areas of health care. Students take HCA electives during their freshman and sophomore years for introduction into these areas. They then have the opportunity to participate in a Career and Technical Education program during their junior and/or senior year for part of the school day at an OCPS Technical Center. Or, they may continue with health science electives at LNHS which will lead to certification in one or two healthcare careers. To be accepted into the program, students must take Medical Skills and Services as a prerequisite and earn at least a 70% in the course.

Doctors and medical educators agree it is not too early to expose teens to careers in medicine, especially since there is going to be a great need in those professions in Central Florida in the coming years as Orlando continues to evolve into a destination for medicine and science..

The Bureau of Labor Statistics consistently ranks healthcare careers as the fastest-growing and most in-demand career areas in the United States.

“Health care is one of the major industries in our nation,” said Dr. Don Williams, SVP at Florida Hospital College. “Its health and survival has a profound impact on our economic well-being as a nation. Health care careers provide quick entry level positions, upward mobility within a career track and one of the most stable careers available today. It is critical that we get this word out to our high school students.”

May 2014

HCAVianney Telleria and Bhakti Panchal, sophomores in the Health Sciences Academy at Lake Nona High School, have been accepted into the UCF Health Leaders Summer Academy, July 20-24. The first four days of the Summer Academy take place on the main UCF campus and the final day students are on the Lake Nona/Medical City UCF Medical School campus.

Sponsored by the UCF College of Medicine, the Health Leaders Summer Academy “provides hands-on educational summer experiences for high school students who are interested in pursuing professional health related careers. Throughout the week, students will be exposed to undergraduate level laboratory courses. Students will work with professors from the Burnett School of Biomedical sciences on the main campus in various lab settings, conduct team research projects, and meet with representatives from various academic offices who will provide students information vital to their post‐secondary educational paths.”

To be accepted, Vianney and Bhakti wrote 250-word essays describing their goals for a career in healthcare, submitted academic records and provided a list of community service activities.

Vianney’s desire is “to help others, to help them get better, to heal them, and to help them live a healthier life.” She wants to become a physician, the first in her family, and work towards finding a cure for cancer.

Bhakti’s decision to pursue a medical career is “to help and assist others to improve their quality of life. I also want to give back to society, and go places and help the people where not much medical care is provided.” 

Congratulations, Vianney and Bhakti!