ARROYO GRANDE, Calif. — The Lucia Mar Unified School District officially unveiled two new medical education classrooms Monday at Nipomo and Arroyo Grande High Schools.
Patient care facilities will provide students with hands-on learning opportunities as they pursue careers in the healthcare and medical industry.
“That level of care is really suffering in California, so we’re trying to help those kids get into those careers and explore them and see if they’d be interested,” said Matt Quijano, head athletic coach at Arroyo Grande High School. . “Everyone dreams of being a doctor, but it’s a lot of work, so there are a lot of children coming out of this field, but they don’t know that there is a whole intermediate level path that they can track to be there for medicine.”
Students enrolled in Patient Care Pathway courses will have the opportunity to earn high school and college credits.
“These facilities provide a phenomenal opportunity for our children,” said Paul Fawcett, superintendent of the Lucia Mar Unified School District. they also have the opportunity to earn dual enrollment credits and college credits before enrolling in college, and so hopefully when the kids graduate and enroll out of Nipomo High School, they walk away with maybe even a year of college credit and it saves them time and money once they graduate.”
The facilities at both high schools are identical in size, with both including a dueling classroom and a learning lab measuring 2,372 square feet.
“Before that, we were all in a classroom and it was really tight and we were trying to learn all the things necessary for that pathway, like doing CPR, recording, taking blood pressure,” Paloma Leal Perez said. , senior of Nipomo High School. “It was a little stressful to be next to a person, trying to do the same thing, trying to learn the same thing, but being in this establishment, you really have the space to learn and doing practical things and that’s pretty cool.”
Funding for classrooms was provided through Measure I bonds that were passed by South San Luis Obispo County voters in 2016.
The cost of the Nipomo building was $1,255,200, while the price of the Arroyo Grande building was $1,418,201.
“We are entering the fourth and final phase of the obligation, Series D,” Fawcett said. “We’re excited to bring a big project into these final stages and we’ll talk about it later.”
Arroyo Grande was able to use its new building for a few weeks, while Nipomo’s will see its first students in the fall.
“I am very excited about the future of the patient care journey,” said Leal Perez. “I think it’s a great way for students to get first hand experience of recording, conducting CPR and treating athletes and being in this type of setting will help students learn more and effectively.”