A program that trains aspiring health care professionals in Tomball ISD has received an $86,000 grant to expand course offerings in the fall, according to a Feb. 14 news release from Lone Star College System.

A closer look

The Tomball Star Academy Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools program received a grant from Educate Texas at the Communities Foundation of Texas, according to the news release. The grant will be used to expand the program’s course offerings to include new pathways, including:
  • Health information technology
  • Medical administrative support
  • Medical administrative services-medical front desk
“These new offerings are a natural expansion of existing programs and will offer students more options in the health care track,” said Katerina Wingfield, dean of academic affairs at LSC-Tomball, via the release. “The additional opportunities will help provide an extra layer of qualifications they can use to transfer to a four-year university or directly enter the workforce.”

The Tomball Star Academy P-TECH program is run by a partnership between LSC-Tomball, TISD and HCA Healthcare Tomball, according to the news release. Leaders at the Tomball Star Academy P-TECH program will also consider using the grant to extend certificate programs to other LSC campuses and nearby school districts.

What they’re saying

Claire Murphy, a P-TECH student who aims to be a pediatrician, said in the release she believes the program is critical to her future success.

“My experience has been rewarding and allowed us [students] to work with and learn from industry professionals, gaining the necessary experience to benefit us in the future,” Murphy said. “We are strengthening our discipline, time management and communications skills, all needed to be successful despite our different paths.”

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Originally launching last fall, the P-TECH program began with an enrollment of 25 ninth graders, according to the news release. The program requires students to study curriculum from LSC-Tomball and shadow medical professionals at HCA Healthcare Tomball.

The Communities Foundation of Texas is headquartered in Dallas and aims to strengthen public education and higher education institutions to better equip Texas students, according to the organization’s website.