Wellington High School is rolling out a new program next year that its founder hopes will eventually grow an annual crop of local lifesavers.
“It’s kind of educating tomorrow’s heroes today,” Jim Marshall, Wellington High’s magnet coordinator, said about the new firefighters academy that the Palm Beach County School District approved last week for the school.
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NEW SCHOOL CHOICES
The Palm Beach County School District has increased the number of choice academies at public schools from 183 to 257 in the last two years. Following are some of the new academies being started at district schools next year:
Wellington High School: A firefighter’s academy that will give graduates the training necessary to work as a volunteer firefighter, or pursue a higher certification in college to become a professional firefighter.
Omni Middle School: A health informatics academy at the Boca Raton school will combine medical sciences and computer technology disciplines to give middle-schoolers some basic training in the growing job field of medical data entry and coding needed for running medical offices and processing insurance forms.
Acreage Pines Elementary: A new pre-veterinary science academy will give students a very basic introductory taste of careers caring for animals.
Galaxy Elementary School: The rebuilt Boynton Beach school will open in its new environmentally-themed campus with an science academy; also focused on teaching students about environmental engineering and conservation.
L.C. Swain Middle School: The Greenacres school’s first academy, a medical sciences program, is meant to give students introductory training in several medical fields and feed graduating students into the medical sciences academy at John I. Leonard High School.