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Collins chosen for new program

Oct. 18, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

GETAWAY, Ohio -- Collins Career Center is one of five schools in the country to participate in a $2 million pilot program in Ohio to offer health informatics -- computerized medical record keeping -- this year, said Steve Dodgion, Collins superintendent.

"We're very fortunate to be among only five schools in Ohio to offer it this year," Dodgion said. "It's a pilot program. Nine more schools will be offering it next year. We're excited about offering it to our students and to the area."

"The program deals with the business side of medical care, putting patient records on computer," Dodgion said. "We're offering it at the high school level as part of our health academy curriculum. We plan to start offering it next semester. It will be after the first of the year."

With more emphasis being placed on computerized health records, there are a number of job opportunities in the field, he said.

"Students participating in the pilot program will get dual credit for both statistics and health," he said. "We're tickled to death to have this program. It's a great opportunity for our kids. There's a big demand for this type of training. There will be plenty of jobs in this field."

The program will be offered both to high school students and to adults, Dodgion said.

Participation in the program is limited because it involves computers, he said.

The vocational school currently is in the midst of a $25 million addition and renovation project, Dodgion said. "We're in the first phase of a two-year project," he said. "We're also adding a 7,000-square-foot building for adult education."

Meanwhile, the cardiac sonography program has been accredited at the vocational school, according to a news release. The program was accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.

Collins also has received continued accreditation status in its general and vascular option of the diagnostic medical sonography program. The two-year program is a combination of classroom and laboratory instruction. It starts in January.

The second year of the program consists of full-time clinical practice, according to the release.

For additional information about the programs, call the vocational school at 740-867-6641.