The Plano ISD Health Sciences Academy honored its inaugural graduating class with a pinning ceremony May 21 at Collin College’s Spring Creek Campus. The graduates received medical certification training and earned dual credit through the joint venture between Collin College and Plano ISD.

“We salute the hard work and determination of these graduates, and we expect great things from them. Their strong sense of purpose and education through this unique partnership are the starting points for exceptional careers,” said Dr. Neil Matkin, Collin College district president.

This first graduating class includes: 10 emergency medical technicians, 10 patient care technicians, three electrocardiogram technicians and three phlebotomy technicians. In addition, 20 students completed nurse aide training. Many have already completed their certification testing and some are already using that certification in the workforce.

The program is a boon to students who can learn more about potential career pathways early in their high school careers. Click here to read more about two of those students’ journeys.