Eau Claire (WQOW)- Eau Claire high schoolers will now have the opportunity to not just earn college credits, but also a medical assistant technical diploma before graduating.
The school district announced it is partnering with Chippewa Valley Technical College on a program to allow students to begin a 33 credit program in their junior year.
Officials said during the students' senior year, they'll finish the medical assistant technical diploma and will be able to work in a medical front office.
The program will start in the fall of 2020 and they're expecting 16 to 24 students to participate.
Superintendent Mary Ann Hardebeck said this program will give students a leg-up in a competitive field.
"Typically students who are interested in the area of the medical profession are very serious about their schoolwork and they're serious about their career aspirations and this certainly gives them a kind of on-the-job training experience that would be very difficult to get in other settings," Hardebeck said.
To qualify for the program, students must earn a 'C' grade or better in biology and complete a medical terminology course by the end of the first semester in the program.
They must also pass a CPR certification course to receive the diploma.
Hardebeck said this program won't cost the students a penny, the school district will be paying for it.