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Health Science Academy aims to grow local students, ends 2015-16 school year with more than 97,000 volunteer hours

July 14, 2016 by Beth Anne Atkins

GREENVILLE, NC – Every year the Health Sciences Academy (HSA) recruits new students from 13 Pitt County middle schools to be part of the growing program.

HSA is a working partnership among Vidant Health, Pitt County Schools, East Carolina University (College of Nursing, College of Allied Health Sciences, Brody School of Medicine, School of Dental Medicine), Pitt Community College, Eastern Area Health Education Center and Greenville Pitt County Chamber of Commerce. The goal of the Health Sciences Academy is to help students be successful in pursuing health careers and other professions.

This year, HSA students completed more than 93,000 volunteer hours in the community and the senior class, comprised of 198 students, has so far earned $9,532,812 in scholarships to move their education forward after high school.

“Vidant Health is excited to see the results from this year’s Health Sciences Academy graduates,” said Lisa Lassiter, administrator of health careers at Vidant Health. “The successes show the program is making an impact in preparing the students to enter the health care workforce and/or post-secondary health care education. We wish them well in the next few years of education and look forward to having them as our future staff.”

The program proved to be such a success in Pitt County that it was expanded to Duplin County in 2014. This year, 34 students graduated from its program with the students volunteering more than 4,400 hours throughout the four-year program.

HSA students receive many other honors and awards including Pitt Community College (PCC) Ambassadors, an innovative program designed to meet PCC’s need for active participation of informed and dedicated student leaders. This year, there were two PCC Ambassadors chosen.

One high school senior from Pitt County earned an early acceptance to Brody School of Medicine.

Eight students earned a four-year nursing option that concurrently enrolls students in a community college - where students obtain their associate degree in nursing - and later, a university - where they complete their bachelor's degree in nursing through RIBN (Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses).

The eastern North Carolina RIBN program dually admits students to East Carolina University and one of six local community colleges that partner with the ECU College of Nursing:

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