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Phoebe announces new Health Sciences Pathway Program

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Published: Apr. 11, 2022 at 8:39 PM EDT
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ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) -With a new collaborative student program, Phoebe officials are hoping that more Southwest Georgia students will stay in Albany and continue to work here.

The Phoebe Health Science Pathway launched Monday morning. It’s for high school students. It will give them dual credit in their healthcare classes.

The program aims to close the national nursing shortage gap, which is an even bigger issue here in Southwest Georgia.

Trakena Moore-Ferguson is a teacher at 4C Academy.

Trakena Moore-Ferguson is a teacher at 4C Academy. She says that the program is the first of...
Trakena Moore-Ferguson is a teacher at 4C Academy. She says that the program is the first of its kind in this area and that she is glad it is taking off.(WALB)

“There’s a national shortage, but specifically in Southwest Georgia, we are 28,000 nurses short,” she said. “I just think it’s great that Albany has something like this. The rural area has something to provide that necessarily metropolitan areas don’t. I’m happy to be a part of you know a trailblazing way for our kids because they need it.”

4C Academy officials like CEO Chris Hatcher stress how important this program is.

Chris Hatcher is the CEO of Commodore Conyers College and Career Academy or 4C Academy. He says...
Chris Hatcher is the CEO of Commodore Conyers College and Career Academy or 4C Academy. He says the program is aimed at training local students so that they may be more likely to stay in Albany and continue their careers here.(WALB)

“What we’re focused on is really trying to prepare our local students with the skills they need to be successful, in hopes that they will stay home and work here and have a long-standing career in Albany,” Hatcher said.

Senior Angel Johnson says she always wanted to go into the medical field, and that this program makes it possible. She says staying local is an even more incentive to graduate.

Angel Johnson is a Westover High School senior in the program. She says that she's always...
Angel Johnson is a Westover High School senior in the program. She says that she's always wanted to go into healthcare and that this program has helped that become a reality.(WALB)

“I feel like everybody here knows we are in a need of CNAs/nurses, so being where I’m from, the hospital where I was born, it does give me, you know. It’s more of a pull to be there,” Johnson said.

Upon graduation, students will have completed the required courses and a paid internship at the hospital. They will then be a certified nursing assistant and can work in any department in the hospital that needs them.

I’m told that the program is the first of its kind in this area and that the 4C Academy would like to replicate this program throughout the state.

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