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The Owl Warren Central September 25, 2009

Health careers classes open possibilities to students looking for future in medical field

By Rachel Baxter News Editor In the year 2025, the American Association of Medical of radiology, and all aspects of dentistry. Students will Careers predicts having 259,000 less doctors than what is participate in a six week externship with a doctor. This program is also in the process of getting dual credit with needed in the United States. Warren Central has the solution to this by having four IUPUI. “If you are interested in going into dentistry, and you classes to help students who have an interest in the medical field. These classes include introduction into health careers, have a dental assisting program at your school, colleges certified nursing assisting, dental assisting, and biomedical will look at whether or not you took the opportunity to take this class in high school,” Ms. Candy Ryan said. Ryan studies. “Through the recession, health career jobs will always teaches the dental assisting program, a class in the Walker be there, babies will always need to be born, and that is Career Center. where the jobs are at,” Ms. Leigh-Ann Project Lead the Way, a program Byrd said. Byrd teaches Introduction that partners with middle and high into Health Careers, a class the Walker schools around the nation, started a Career Center. program at Warren Central Through the recession, four-year In Introduction to Health Careers, called Biomedical Studies. These health career jobs will students learn the history of health care, classes are different because it is a and study in depth about 250 different curriculum and has always be there, babies student-centered health careers. This is the first year of many hands-on projects. a two-year program. The second year The first year of the program, will always need to be is Certified Nursing Assisting. called principles of biomedical studies, born, and that is where goes into depth about common “One thing I want students to know disorders like diabetes and heart attack. about this program is the first year is the jobs are at.” The second year, called human body all books, learning about body systems, -Leigh-Ann Byrd systems, students learn about all the and how to interact with people,” Byrd different body systems. In the third said. “The second year is when students year, called medical interventions, get to do the hands-on clinical stuff.” goes in-depth of different medical In certified nursing assisting, students learn the fundamentals of nursing, basic nursing technology. “This program is student based which expects students skills, and learn 48 state-required skills for certified nursing assisting certification. At the end of this program, students to do higher level college labs,” Mr. A.J. McAdams said. take an exam to earn three credited hours with Ivy Tech McAdams teaches the first and third year of the program in the Freshman Academy. Community College. Currently only the first three years are offered as a class. “It is beneficial for students to take this class in high school instead of in college because it puts you ahead of Next year will be the first year they offer all four years at the game,” Ms. Deborah Yates said. “You know what you Warren, because as they will be offering the first year to are getting yourself into, and you have a job to fall back incoming freshman. “There is an increase in health careers because on.” Yates teaches the certified nursing assistant program, medicine is evolving, more people need treatment, and a class in the Walker Career Center. In the dental assisting program, students learn how job categories are increasing,” McAdams said. “There will to assist the doctor at chair side, hands-on fundaments always be a end for a doctor.”

Hands on experiences: Sophomore Haley Baughman works on dissecting a sheep heart in Principles of Biomedical Science. This helps students get a better understanding of what they are learning in class. Photo/Riley Haab

Two elementary schools share prestigious honor

By Beth Dixon News Writer Sunny Heights Elementary school was chosen by The National Association of State Title I Director’s Title I Distinguished Schools Recognition Program to have a chance to represent the state of Indiana as the number one school, an honor Hawthorne Elementary won last year. There is one school from each state that will receive a memorandum for excelling in Closing the Achievement Gap. The memorandum is given to a school that succeeds in having almost all ethnicities, boys, girls, low income students, special education, and English as a second language score similar on their ISTEP tests. The Program selected eight schools this year in the state of Indiana. Warren Township’s Sunny Heights Elementary School was one of the eight selected this year. The Program awards one school $50,000 in each state. Last year, Hawthorne Elementary was chosen and was represented in San Antonio. Hawthorne won the money and was ranked the number one Title I school in the state of Indiana.

“The program uses federal dollars that support schools with low income students that continue improving on the ISTEP scores,” Hawthorne Principal Phil Talbert said. Hawthorne was one of 60 selected for the Distinguished Schools in Title I. Hawthorne was chosen because it succeeded in achieving the Adequate Yearly Process or AYP. The school is ranked as a title one school which means that the staff is meeting all the criteria and many students are learning to the best of their abilities. Sunny Heights elementary is one of the five finalists in the running for the state of Indiana. They will be represented in Washington, D.C., and the award will be given to the school that wins. NOT like any other school: (from left to right) Principal Talbert, Superintendent Peggy Hinkley, Sen. Richard Lugar praising Hawthorne Elementary for their achievement.

Photo/Hawthorne Elementary


The Owl Warren Central September 25, 2009

Dual Credit continued from page 1

Most students do not know what kind College. Last year, 157 students in different of field they should study before applying years of the program received dual credit. for college. This program helps students Project Lead the Way ‘s pre-engineering find out if the welding industry is for them program prepares students for a two or four year college degree in engineering. or not. “If you are not sure what you are going Students learn how to build and design on to do when you grow up, go into the welding the computer. Some projects they build are program,” senior Taylor McGlaughlin said. playgrounds, bridges, and cell phones. “If you are a freshman or sophomore “It changed my life completely.” Another real-world problem is working and you are interested in this program, with other people in a work atmosphere. we can make it work,” Rogers said. Sitting in a classroom with a book in front “We have had students come in their senior of students does not teach this. Working year and do at least the first three years of hands-on with other students helps students the program.” At the end of the program, students develop a professional level with each receive dual credit with Ivy other. Tech Community College. “What I like about Last year, 36 students the welding program is received dual credit through that I get to meet new Go into the welding the program. people from different “What I like most about the schools, interact with program. It changed pre-engineering program is people like a real job, that it helps you get started and a chance to use my my life completely.” in the engineering field, and hands,” McGlaughlin -Taylor McGlaughlin you get a jump start in the said. introductory college classes,” Also, t he prejunior Jessica Newman said. engineering program “It builds a strong foundation helps students for college.” understand the ”why” Another way of receiving college credit question behind school work. After doing the math problem, it helps to apply this by is taking an Advanced Placement class. At the end of the year, students take an exam building what it creates. “ The pre-engineering prog ram to determine if they receive the college approaches the math problem from a real credit. Even Advanced Placement classes world side,” Mr. Steve Rogers said. “It shows are looking into dual credit. “This year our AP calculus students the math problem in real life.” With these classes there is more than had the opportunity to take an admissions just getting a feel for what the field is about, test to qualify for dual credit with Vincennes and to get knowledge about the subject. University,” math department chairman Mr. There is also dual credit offered for these Kip Gorball said. “We are looking to get dual credit algebra in the future.” courses. Also, the English department is looking In the culinary arts program, students learn knife skills, basic cooking methods, into dual credit next semester. “Next Semester students who have sanitation and safety practices, and qualified through the SAT will be offered restaurant service management. “I want students to know that this a dual credit composition class through program is not all about eating, and it is a Vincennes University,” English department lot of hard work, theory and dishwashing,” chairman Mr. Rick Reed said. Ms. Amanda Riggen said. “It is worth it if you love to cook.” Dual Credit Classes 2009-2010 After completing nutrition, culinary Academy of Finance arts foundations, and the two year culinary Computer Integrated Manufacturing program students receive dual credit with Culinary Arts Ivy Tech Community College. This program Welding is in the process of seeking dual credit with Early Childhood Education Johnson and Whales, Vincennes University, Education Professions and the Chefs Academy. Digital Electronics Last year, two students received dual Introduction to Engineering Design credit with Ivy Tech Community College Web Design through the culinary arts program. Small Engines In the welding program, students learn Precision Machining a good foundation on all welding processes, Principles of Engineering learn how to build parts from a blueprint, Design Processes and weld on all different types of metals. CAD Offered next “Not only do we learn through a book, Health Careers semester* but we learn from hands-on experiences,” Electronics Technology Mr. Rick Ferguson said. ”Words from the Automotive Service textbook come to life.” Graphic Imagining Throughout the program, students *Calculus receive dual credit with Ivy Tech Community *Composition

News Page 3 Painting it up: Senior Brandon McKinney works on painting a part in auto collision repair. This is a part of many that will go on the repaired car.

Photo/Daryl Hollonquest

Pressing it out: Senior Tiffany Foreman works on pressing a shirt out to make a design in graphic imaging. In this class, students get to design shirts with their own ideas.

Photo/Daryl Hollonquest

Working together: Junior Scott St. Laurent (right) and sophomore Brittany Pierson (left) work on constructing a bridge in principles of engineering. Building the object helps see textbook problems come to Photo/Rachel Baxter life.

Holding it together: Senior Wade Johnson works on welding two pieces of metal. Students weld on many different types of metal through the program.

Photo/Emily Abrams


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