Hands On Experience For Papillion-La Vista High School Students

It's much more than the standard field trip from school. Students in the Papillion-La Vista School District actually take classes in the workplace and benefit from hands on experience.

The Academy Program is so popular, some students had to be placed on a waiting list this school year.

Emma Martinez and Jessica Melcher are interested in the field of medicine and through their participation in the Academy Program, they've been able to experience the work day routine at Alegent Health Midland Hospital.

Melcher said in an interview with WOWT 6 News, "I've been able to go up on the floor and interact with patients nurses and doctors and be treated as if I'm an employee."

Students also spend part of the day in a classroom at the hospital.

Martinez said, "I love it, I like the change in environment, it's easier to learn in."

There are 8 academies offered by the School District with special training for students in their field of interest.

Brittany Boyd plans to study marine sciences and she's getting a head start in the Academy Program at the Henry Doorly Zoo.

"It's definitely a learning process buy by doing this I'm also going into something I love to do," she said.

Brittany and Carly Swanson were busy feeding giant sea turtles as part of their work day at the zoo.

Swanson said, "I'm designated to feed the Tiger Sharks too, and that like keeps them from fighting while other fish are being cared for."

The academies are offered at no cost unless a student is also earning college credit through Metro Community College.

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