The Health Care Bridge Program at Kaskaskia College provides students the opportunity to improve their basic educational skills, prepare them to take the GED® Test, and explore career opportunities in the health care industry. The class is provided at no tuition cost to qualifying students.
This program is designed for students who need their GED and are strongly considering a career in healthcare. It is also for individuals who are curious about working in the medical field and are uncertain if it is the right choice for them. The Bridge program offers a range of support services including career counseling and college advisement. This GED class is a bridge to higher learning.
The basic GED® instruction includes contextualized core concepts in the health care curriculum. The areas of study are social studies, science, language arts reading and writing, mathematics, and the Constitution test. Instruction will also include career exploration and other college and workplace readiness skills.
Students in this program may begin their pathway to GED completion and explore options for post-secondary education in the health care field. Students explore areas of interest such as Dental Assisting, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Respiratory Therapy, Radiology, Lab Technician, Phlebotomy, Certified Nurse Assistant, Nursing, Medical Coding, Medical Receptionist, Pharmacy Receptionist, and Emergency Medical Technician. Additional subject matter not found in other GED classes include healthcare career explorations, basic science information including medical terminology, practical mathematics for health occupations, legal and ethical issues, computer skills, and workplace skills such as resume writing. Field trips to healthcare facilities and job shadowing of healthcare professionals are part of the curriculum as well.
In addition, qualifying GED graduates may earn a tuition scholarship for two years of instruction at Kaskaskia College, provided by the generosity of the KC Board of Trustees.
Support services are provided by Adult Education and KC staff members will enhance students’ transition to post-secondary education and/or employment. The goal is to create a pathway for Bridge students that will lead them to a future life of self-sufficiency.
To obtain more information on how to qualify and register in this program, please call the Adult Education and Literacy office at 545-3115.