High Schoolers Building Bio Tech Resume
Their drive to succeed is being met with the proper transportation. A special career program in one north central Florida school district appears ready to take off.
"They're not babying us through this process... if we make a mistake, we have to throw it away, and start all over again." said Amy Phillips, a 10th grader at Santa Fe High School.
Phillips is in "bio-tech two", or her second year in the Institute of Biotechnology at Santa Fe High School.
"We need people who can research things like aids, and bird flu, and all these things that are coming out; all being researched in labs, using the same type of equipment and these same techniques" said June Camerlengo, director of the bio-tech program at Santa Fe.
Phillips is one of 65 students building a bio-tech resume early, something that will soon be an option for all high school students in Alachua county-- now that buses are available to take them there.
"In the upcoming school year, (the bio-tech program) will soon be a full blown magnet program that is available to any eligible student throughout Alachua county with transportation provided," said Jackie Johnson, spokesperson for Alachua County Public Schools.
Santa Fe's bio-tech program will join 12 career academies in the county.
"We have 1600 kids currently in these programs, and they are getting, very concrete job skills while they're already in school, they have a rigorous curriculum" said Johnson.
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