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2015 Valedictorian On Her Career Path

2015 Valedictorian On Her Career Path

Callie Blackmore chose to attend the Warren County Career Center in her junior and senior years of high school to get a jump start on a career in nursing. Six months later, Callie is earning A’s and B’s in her freshman nursing courses at Wright State University, attending on a full ride four-year scholarship she earned as the 2015 WCCC Valedictorian.

“I chose the Health Science program at the Career Center, and it allowed me to get most of my college prerequisites out of the way in high school,” she said. “Taking courses such as Anatomy and Medical Terminology in high school put me a step ahead, and earning my State Tested Nursing Assistant certification at the Career Center has definitely helped me because it was needed for my college program and counted for college credit.”

Callie is on track to graduate in four years or even sooner, because she started at the university with 18 credits, which equates to about one year of college. She will be earning her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and then plans to go on for her Masters to become a nurse practitioner.

“The Warren County Career Center definitely prepared me well for college,” she said. “The classes were set up like college classes. It helped me learn how to study and do college level homework. I took some Post-Secondary Options courses at Miami University Middletown my senior year in statistics and psychology, and took all of the WCCC dual credit academic courses. The instructors at the Career Center are great, and are willing to help you learn however you need to learn.”

She spent three years in high school helping after school with the athletic training program at Lebanon High School. She said she always wanted to be a nurse, and discovered that passion for the profession when she helped care for her dad after he had some surgeries.

As part of her Health Science program at WCCC, she had the opportunity to observe a surgery at Miami Valley Hospital. “I got to go into the surgery room, and stood next to the surgeon and watched,” she said. “That was the most memorable experience I had with my internships at the Career Center. My instructors were amazing, and they always encouraged me to go into the health field.”

Callie said that she would have found a way to go to college no matter what, but it would have taken longer if she had not completed the WCCC Health Science program. She does not have to worry about college loans, and she can instead focus on learning and succeeding in her career field.

All high school students who complete Warren County Career Center programs have the opportunity to earn a $3,000 Miami Valley Tech Prep Scholarship to Sinclair Community College when they meet the qualifications. They can also earn multiple college credits while in high school, giving them an advantage, and incentive to stay in school and complete their degrees. Wright State University offers the full scholarship to the WCCC Valedictorian and Salutatorian.

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