HISD Announces New Health Science Futures Academy at Westside High School

Provides students chance to earn an associate’s degree and technical training

The Houston Independent School District, in partnership with the Houston Community College and the University of Texas MD Anderson School of Health Professions, announces a new Futures Academy of Heath Science Careers at Westside High School.  Press conference will be on Tuesday, July 30 at 10 a.m. at Westside, 14201 Briar Forest Drive.

“This is an optimal opportunity for students to be exposed to the many diverse and viable health professions in Houston and across the state,” HISD Superintendent Terry Grier said.  “This program will create a direct pipeline for HISD students into the University of Texas MD Anderson School of Health Professions and careers in the Texas Medical Center.”

This program will expose students to the following career fields in the health arena: clinical laboratory science, cytogenetic technology, cytotechnology, diagnostic imaging, histotechnology, medical dosimetry, molecular genetic technology, and radiation therapy. In addition to career training in high-demand, technical fields, students in the Futures Academy at Westside will have an opportunity to earn an associate’s degree while in high school and receive practicum opportunities.

This Futures Academy program will begin in August with approximately 50 to 60 freshman students. These students will begin taking dual-credit classes in the spring of 2014.

The other six Futures Academy programs and schools include:

For more information on any of HISD’s seven >FUTURES Academies, call 713-556-6981.