Delhi school district receives $600,000 grant for career programs

The Delhi Unified School District received a $600,000 state grant to expand the career paths of high school students, the Merced County Office of Education reported.

The money comes from the state Department of Education through the California Career Pathways Trust, which awarded $250 million to schools this year through partnerships with community colleges, school officials said in a news release.

The money will go toward expanding the Delhi Medical Academy of Sciences to include a patient-care career pathway focusing on therapeutic services and medical terminology. The pathway helps prepare students for jobs such as nursing assistant, nurse practitioner, dentist, physician, office personnel, radiology and sports medicine, said Sue Gomes, the district’s director of curriculum and instruction.

Ninety students will join the program during the 2015-16 school year. An additional 120 students will be a part of the program during the next two school years, Gomes said. There is already a waiting list for the program.

The funding also will help create the Delhi Academy of Public Safety, which will focus on justice administration, firefighting and emergency medical technicians. That pathway will prepare students for jobs such as law enforcement officer, security guard, corrections and probation officer, or attorney, Gomes said.

About 60 students will join the program in the fall, 90 the next school year and 120 in the 2017-18 school year, she said. The district will hire a counselor and career technical education specialist to oversee the program.

Partners include Merced College, Modesto Junior College, Livingston Community Health Services, Golden Valley Health Centers and the Merced County Sheriff’s Department, the county office said. Graduate premedical students from California State University, Stanislaus, will teach lessons and oversee experiments as mentors in the Delhi medical program.

District labs will be updated with the newest technology and chemicals through the grant. The funding also will send students on field trips to medical facilities at the University of California, San Francisco; UC Davis; and UC Santa Barbara. Field trips also are planned for the law enforcement academy program.