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SMHS and ACPS Join Forces

The George Washington University (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) and Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) are joining forces to educate the health care workforce of tomorrow.

Through the agreement, students at T.C. Williams High School will have the opportunity to participate in a health and medical sciences Career and Technical Education (CTE) pathway. The program will begin to be rolled out in academic year 2018–19 for T.C. Williams students in grades 9 through 12.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to get a head start on college, have access to a great education, and to develop a passion for a career field that has a critical need for future employees,” said Interim ACPS Superintendent Lois F. Berlin. “The Career and Technical Education program at T.C. Williams provides students with the chance to fully understand the field of study they may pursue and make sound decisions about that career choice before they fully commit to it. We are very excited about this unique public-private partnership opportunity with GW.”

The strategic educational partnership will establish five new CTE pathways within the new GW-ACPS Academy of Health Sciences at the school, joining existing pathways in surgery and nursing that were developed by ACPS. It will start with the launch of a biomedical informatics pathway in fall 2018, followed by four additional pathways — sports medicine, pharmacy, emergency medical services and medical laboratory sciences that will launch over the next four years. GW faculty will work collaboratively with faculty from T.C. Williams to broaden and enrich the offerings for the students.

The dual-enrollment courses also mean students can receive early high school and college credit. The credits earned will be accepted by SMHS toward a bachelor’s degree in health sciences at GW, if students meet admission requirements.