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Dozier-Libbey Medical High School is Bridging the Gap

By Elisha Neubauer

For students interested in a medical career, there is a unique opportunity available in the Antioch school district. A pathway school, the Dozier-Libbey Medical High School was opened in 2008 with the intention of providing students the preparation they need for careers in any area of the medical profession. The school focuses heavily on math and science, but does require two years of foreign language as well, making it an all-inclusive high school experience.

Upon completion of the four year program, students will have achieved the University of California A-G requirements, giving them a head start on their intended career path. In addition to meeting or exceeding these requirements early, students of the Dozier-Libbey Medical High School will receive three college credits before graduation if they achieve a B or better in their medical terminology course, offered freshman year. "The model focuses on developing 'College and Career Ready' students upon graduation and the reduction of the achievement gap," explains Scott Bergerhouse, Principal at the Dozier-Libbey Medical High School.

Students at Dozier-Libbey have the option to attend work-based learning programs and community service, giving them real world experience before they graduate. "They take advantage of these opportunities to expand their knowledge on healthcare careers and, at the same time, help improve our community," says Bergerhouse.

Bergerhouse goes on to explain the program. "All students participate in work-based learning activities that are integrated into the health science class curriculum. They also participate in the annual C3 (Career, College, and Community) Day every other spring, which is organized by staff and parents. A minimum of 20 community service hours is encouraged through the nationally recognized Jefferson Awards for Public Service program."

In order to help prepare students for their future careers, the Dozier-Libbey Medical High School offers several unique programs and additions. During freshman year, ten guest speakers are featured during lunches to help students explore career paths. A field trip to a four-year college and guided study tours of a working hospital are included. Sophomore year includes additional study tours, guest speakers in the classrooms, an E-mentor program, and practice job interviews. Guest speakers with a focus on End of Life and Community Health, pathology study tours, and job shadows are made available to junior students. Seniors are eligible for an eight-week internship in addition to a field trip to a four-year college. "Students complete an exit interview assignment, entitled Senior Defense, evaluated and judged by members of our medical community," Bergerhouse concludes.

Even though the focus is on medical studies, the Dozier-Libbey Medical High School embeds common core standards into its four-year program. To help students reach their full potential, a steering committee comprised of parents and teachers, as well as Special Education and English Language Development directors, has been developed.

A first of its kind in the area, the Dozier-Libbey Medical High School is a unique opportunity offered to students across the Antioch School District, helping to bridge the gap between high school and future careers in the medical field. If your child is interested in pursuing a career in the medical field, check out what it has to offer.

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