For a decade, Carroll Medical Academy has provided a structured foundation for high school students interested in medical careers.
Faculty, alumni and students celebrated 10 years of the program at a recent Carroll Independent School District Board of Trustees meeting.
Chandler Groves, CMA Student Board President, spoke about the program at a Board of Trustees meeting.
“I know personally, joining CMA was one of the best decisions I made in high school,” he said. “This program is just so unique and it provides us great opportunities.”
Carroll Medical Academy, which began in 2004, is an academic program consisting of certain courses, extra activities and guidance that helps students pursue continuing education and ultimately careers in the medical field.
The program is for ninth- through 12th-graders that focuses on maximizing the amount of Advanced Placement math and science courses a student can take in their high school career.
In addition to the course path, students can get CPR and first aid certification. They also get time with medical professionals as speakers or mentors. Students tour medical facilities and can apply for internships.
The finale of the program includes a senior internship course where students shadow professionals in the medical field.
Carroll Medical Academy started with 12 students and this year, 50 students plan to graduate after following the program’s path.
Alan Cotten, the program’s first director, said he was amazed by the program’s growth.
“I never thought it would grow to something like this,” Cotten said to a room filled with people with the program.