The 2018 Waxahachie High School graduates are settling in their post-graduation plans and Bailee Jennings is right on track toward a future in health sciences.

Jennings recently earned national certification as a pharmacy technician after she successfully completed all of the requirements in the Career and Technical Education and passed the Exam for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians national certification exam to earn her certification as a pharmacy technician.

She plans to work as a pharmacy technician while continuing her studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Currently, Jennings aspires to study pre-pharmacy at and pursue a career as a pharmacist.

The Billy R. Bates Career and Technology Education Center offers many opportunities for students to prepare for future studies and the workforce.

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 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 test for the national certification exam, called the Exam for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians. If students pass this exam, they receive 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.