McGavock Academies open health and law career paths to students

In this post, Kathy P. of McGavock High School writes about how the Academies of Nashville have introduced students to new academic interests and career opportunities through application-based learning. Kathy is a student in the Academy of Health Science and Law. The Academy of Health Science and Law benefits from the support of its principal community partners: Aegis Sciences Corporation, the Nashville Airport Authority, the Tennessee Justice Center, and United Neighborhood Health Services. These partners facilitate real-world learning opportunities for students by assisting in lesson plan development, donating equipment, hosting interns and volunteers, and giving students the chance to interact with professionals in health and law.

At McGavock High School, students have had an amazing opportunity thanks to our newly formed academies. In these academies, students get a chance to pick one of four academies that interests them in pursuing careers like doctor, nurse, veterinarian, police officer, lawyer, etc. This gives students a better idea of what they want to pursue after high school.

Laboratory for health science at McGavock High School

McGavock High School health science lab

My choice of academy was health science. I chose this academy because I plan on going to medical school after I graduate. At first, I had no idea what I wanted to do, but thanks to the Academy of Health Science and Law, I have a better idea of careers I want to pursue in the medical field. The school has provided two labs dedicated to the academy: the health science lab and the computer lab. The health science lab is a room fully equipped with all types of supplies that you would see in a hospital. We even have life-sized dolls to act as patients. I have learned how to drape patients, wrap sprained body parts, and many other things I would never have learned without the academy. The other lab is the computer lab. We use the computers for researching diseases, making resumes, and typing research papers.

Overall, having academies has helped all of the students at McGavock High School. Without these academies, students would be deprived of all the “hands on” action they have experienced thanks to all the new equipment our school has received. And without having academies, after students graduate most would leave high school not knowing what they really want to study in college. Academies have helped students become more encouraged to finish high school to pursue their newly found dream occupation.

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