Larry PicMidwest career high school programs continue to make a positive impact on students and the American economy. To address persistent high levels of youth unemployment and prepare students for good jobs in growth industries, St. Louis-area high schools Jennings Senior High School and College Prep Academy and Pattonville High School have initiated ambitious entry-level training programs designed to enable many more young people to advance toward careers and postsecondary degrees. This announcement is a continuation of the MK Education Pharmacy Technician Healthcare Career Training Program. The MK Education Program has already had impressive accomplishments with the career high school sector of higher education, including St. Louis Community College.

If you’re still in high school, you may still be unsure of your vocation, but it’s not too soon to start thinking about—and planning for—your future before you graduate. Most people need some preparation before they’re ready for the workforce, and planning should begin well before it’s time to start a career. Options for preparation could include taking technical courses during high school, or after graduating, attending a college or university to earn a certificate or a degree. Deciding what type of career preparation you need begins with thinking about what type of career you want.

For close to two years, MK Education has presented several healthcare career training programs in high schools. These programs show students how career training-oriented high schools make valuable contributions to the American workforce and help change people’s lives by empowering them with education – and providing them with a path to careers, not just jobs.

The MK Education curricula presents a comprehensive look at the career college sector of higher education, as well as a comparison of public and private two-year and four-year institutions.

“The MK Education Pharmacy Tech program has offered our students a career choice for life after high school. Our students are able to get real world experience and a professional certification to begin work immediately after graduation. We are excited about the about the impact this program will have on our students and our community” states Dr. Tony Robinson, Director of Secondary Education at Jennings Senior High School and College Prep Academy.

The Pharmacy Technician Healthcare Career Training Program sheds light on exactly who career college students are, and explains the unique opportunities career colleges create for these students to obtain an education and fill the needs created by the evolving global economy. Several career program statistics to keep in mind are listed below:

Career college students graduate with the skills and credentials needed to enter some of the most in-demand careers in the nation – many from programs not offered at traditional colleges or universities. For example, career colleges serve more high-risk profile students than public or private not-for-profit institutions: 59% for career colleges, 38% for public institutions, and 24% for private, not for profit institutions. Career colleges also contribute to their communities by paying taxes; $3 billion total taxes paid by career college graduates annually.

“Pattonville High School’s Pharmacy Tech students are given an opportunity that is incredibly rare for many High School students. They get to leave High School with a very useful credential and have taken the first step towards a wonderful career. In addition, the students have learned how to work within a professional environment and have received many hours of real-world work experience. It is a wonderful program” states John Fitzgerald, Assistant Principal at Pattonville High School.

Throughout the Jennings High School and Pattonville High School Pharmacy Technician program, you’ll find even more achievements that are quite different from what you might have heard or read about the career high school sector of higher education. For more information about the MK Education Pharmacy Technician Career Training Program, contact Mayur Shah, President & CEO of MK Education at 630.541.3600 [email protected]

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