San Marcos High School and Gary Job Corps have joined forces to provide a unique learning opportunity for San Marcos students. During the 2008 Rattler Round Up, 11th and 12th grade students were provided information about this new and exciting educational option.
According to Charlene Aguayo, SMHS Dean of Academics & Career Readiness, qualified students attend Gary Job Corps for technical training during the morning session and then attend San Marcos High School in the afternoon for academic course work. The technical courses at Gary Job Corps will earn high school credits that meet graduation requirements. Students have three Technical Training Programs with 11 trade specializations from which to choose. The trade areas include: School of Human Services and Information Technology, School of Construction and Manufacturing, and School of Health Sciences.
Aguayo says, “We are proud to announce that we have one student piloting this program. Teresa Marchan is a senior at San Marcos High School. Teresa is currently exploring career avenues and will soon begin her studies in Medical Administration.” Marchan should complete her internship and receive her certification by the end of the 08-09 school year. She will receive training in the following areas: safety, computer skills, customer relations, medical terminology, medical billing and coding, medical claims, insurance procedures, medical records management, medical ethics, and medical law.
While attending Gary Job Corps, Marchan also receives some side benefits. She is paid $25 every two weeks with the possibility of increased payment as she progresses through her studies. She will also have an internship position in the medical field as well as receive job placement assistance upon completion of her training. Other benefits include the use of recreational facilities and medical services at the Gary Job Corps site.
“We will continue to monitor Teresa’s progress on this exciting journey,” adds Aguayo.
by Iris Campbell
San Marcos CISD
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