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A new health care pathway has been launched for local high school students

Student Darnell Cookman is shown making progress in his study of health care systems.

Thanks to a grant from the HCA Healthcare Foundation, the Jacksonville Public Education Fund (JPEF) will expand health care career opportunities for high school students in Duval County. The program is part of a statewide initiative called Career Pathways to a Healthier Florida and is designed to prepare students for in-demand health care positions through enhanced health care academy offerings.

JPEF will use these funds to support two programs at Darnell Cookman for high school students: the Academy of Biomedical Sciences and the Academy of Nursing, providing opportunities for students to pursue careers in the health sciences cluster. Their efforts are supported by a collaborative network led by the Florida Consortium of Educational Foundations, ensuring the exchange of best practices and resources among all participating local educational foundations.

“This initiative will not only prepare students for successful careers, but also inspire them to serve their communities.” said JPEF President Rachael Tutwiler Fortune.