Healthcare in high school

Published: May. 23, 2018 at 7:45 PM CDT
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Technical schools are giving high school students a jump on their health care careers.

With an expected nursing shortage in Wisconsin and a new generation of health care workers in high demand to fill positions — tech schools in the area are trying to help.

Students said they have a lot of opportunity to get transcript credit through technical schools. Through free online programs, they can gain certifications and get a head start on their degrees.

Gabrielle Formmelt and Avery Fuller's futures are on the fast track. When the two graduate from Prairie Du Chien high school on Sunday, they'll both already have a Certified Nursing Assistant certification.

The two said they have already seen the money and time they have saved by taking the classes in high school.

Formmelt and Fuller will both be attending Western Technical College in La Crosse to get more certifications before completing bachelor's degrees.