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AKRON, IN – The Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation board of trustees approved at its April 17 meeting a grant to fund biomedical science classes at Tippecanoe Valley High School.

The K21 Health Foundation awarded the corporation with a $28,237 grant to fund instructor training, classroom supplies and the implementation of Project Lead the Way Biomedical Sciences curriculum.

“This curriculum is important because it exposes students to early education in medical fields that they might not otherwise be aware of,” said K21 Health Foundation Grant Coordinator Holly Swoverland.

Students enrolled in the program will develop skills essential to careers in the orthopedic industry– a main component of the Kosciusko County economy. Coursework will mirror engineering tasks employees experience in the workforce, as well as critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

“We’re also in the process of making this a dual-credit course for students. This grant will help expand our science department, which has really been limited to biology, chemistry and physiology,” said TVHS Assistant Principal Jon Hutton.

There are currently 22 students signed up for the class for the upcoming school year. The high school is also planning to add a second-level course for the 2018-2019 school year. Students will also have the option to take two additional advanced-level courses through the Warsaw Area Career Center.

“We hope to see kids taking advantage of the opportunities this curriculum provides in order to help them determine possible future career plans in a medical field and so they are more prepared when they seek higher education,” said Swoverland.

SOURCE: News release from Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation