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Two Medical-Related Courses Added for High Schoolers

January 27, 2022

Lakeville Area Schools is adding two new elective courses to its robust offering of courses that high schoolers can consider taking in the 2022-23 school year. Both new courses prepare students for a career in the medical field.

LinK12 Lakeville, the District’s online school, is offering a new Certified Nursing Assistant course. The semester-long course is designed to expose students to the possibilities in today’s workforce in the healthcare field. Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) are healthcare professionals who provide intimate, hands-on healthcare to patients in medical settings. The coursework is delivered online, but there are also 25 hours of hands-on experience in a medical setting. Students will learn about basic nursing skills, personal care skills and social service needs for residents, basic restorative services and more. Upon successful completion of the course, students will be eligible to take the state Nursing Assistant Registry Exam. In Minnesota, you can be 16-years-old and be a CNA, making this course a great opportunity for students to start a career in the medical field early. This course is taught through LinK12 Lakeville online school and is open to LinK12 Lakeville, Lakeville North and Lakeville South students in 11th and 12th grade.

The second new course is Environmental & Biomedical Engineering, which is offered through Lakeville South High School’s STEM Academy program. The semester-long course engages students in hands-on experiences in the healthcare and environmental occupations through projects and interactions with mentors. Students will use cutting-edge laboratory and engineering techniques like using 3D printers, 3D scanners and AV/VR technologies. Students will perform research and apply the engineering design process to define a problem and design and build solutions. This course also has opportunities for students to interact with professionals in the field, exposing them to career opportunities after high school. This course is held at Lakeville South High School and is open to 9th through 12th grade students at Lakeville South, Lakeville North and LinK12 Lakeville online school.

“Both of these courses came about because of student requests and recognizing there are workforce needs in these areas,” said Cindy Nolan, the District’s Career Pathways Coordinator.

“At Lakeville Area Schools we are working on ways to connect students with our local business partners and open their minds to all the career opportunities at their fingertips, whether it is careers immediately out of graduation or careers they can pursue after a post-secondary education,” said Nolan.

These two new courses were officially approved by the Board of Education at its January 25 regular meeting. The entire Program of Studies, the coursebook for high school students, was approved at the same meeting. High school students and 8th grade students entering high school next school year can register for their classes when registration opens on February 10.

Students and families can attend informational meetings at their high school about course registration on February 10. A meeting for incoming 8th graders will be held at 6 p.m. at their future high school. A meeting for 9th through 11th grade students will follow at 7 p.m. at their respective high school.