The Career and Technical Education programs offer advanced educational opportunities and one 2018 Waxahachie High School graduate has utilized her experiences to get a head start in her career.

Lillian Salvador recently earned her national certification as a pharmacy technician. While she studies at Texas Christian University in the fall, Salvador will start her career as a pharmacy tech.

Salvador aspires to graduate with a degree in nursing to pursue a career as a pediatric nurse.

Lillian is the daughter of George Salvador and Sandra Hernandez of Waxahachie.

The Billy R. Bates Career and Technology Education Center offers numerous opportunities for students to prepare for future studies and the workforce, according to a Waxahachie ISD press release.

"The health science career cluster provides senior students the opportunity to study and test for certification in various health care professions after successful completion of curriculum and meeting all eligibility requirements of the respective program," the release adds.

The pharmacy technician program is a rigorous program offered at Waxahachie High School. Students must successfully complete — with a grade of 80 or above on all units— a pharmacy technician curriculum program, consisting of blended instruction using online pharmacy technician software and traditional classroom instruction.

Once students have successfully completed the curriculum, they can sit for the national certification exam, called the Exam for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians. When a student passes the exam, they achieve a pharmacy technician national certification and will be able to register in the state of Texas for licensure to practice as a certified pharmacy technician in the state of Texas.

For more information about health science technology education events or courses, contact Lindsay Savala at 972.923.4614 or lsavala@wisd.org.