Living in paradise is a common phrase when referring to life in Hawaii—however there are underlying difficulties with the education of young people which can make it less of a paradise. Many high schoolers in Hawaii do not pursue higher education due to financial constraints, family responsibilities, and even fear of living outside of the Hawaiian Islands. Thus, Hawaiian Mission Academy (HMA) is seeking to bring career pathways to its students to encourage and bring hope to its students.
The school currently pilots a Medical Assistant (MA) program which started at the beginning of the semester using current staff and medical professionals in the community. In the past months, students have learned various medical terminology, how to take vitals and blood pressure, and how to give injections. HMA hopes to conduct a mock health fair with the student body—with the MA students leading the way—before the end of the year. In the coming years, the school will seek to add other career pathways to continue to build this program.
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