Friday, September 18, 2015

What's New in GUHSD

GUHSD Health Pathways Students Volunteer at Kids Care Fest

GUHSD Health Pathway students volunteer at the 2015 Kids Care Fest
Last weekend, Health Pathway student-volunteers from Granite Hills and Mount Miguel High Schools represented the GUHSD Health Pathways program at the 2015 Kids Care Fest at the Lakeside Rodeo grounds.

The Grossmont Union High School District Health Pathways and Academy programs are designed to meet the demands of the ever-growing healthcare industry. Students interested in the healthcare field usually join as a freshman or sophomore and begin taking A-G core classes with a health/medical emphasis as the labs are focused on healthcare matters.  

This public health event, hosted by the Grossmont Healthcare District, provided free health screenings, flu shots, and educational materials to East County families. Our students volunteered at the children's booths, networked with healthcare professionals and gained career exposure, on top of being given the opportunity to make a positive impact on their community. Three health pathway seniors were interviewed by KUSI weatherman, Dave Scott.

These experiences, as well as the hands-on curriculum, including labs that connect students to real-world applications, are designed to expose students to the career opportunities in the healthcare field and to develop skills for success. Ultimately, our programs prepare students to enter into post-secondary education coursework in the health/medical field in order to become our future nurses, physical therapists, dentists, physicians, ultrasound technicians, paramedics and other healthcare providers. 

2015 Health-Careers Exploration Summer Institute

GUHSD's 2015 HESI Class is recognized by the Grossmont Healthcare District
For nearly a decade, the Health-Careers Exploration Summer Institute (HESI) has provided Grossmont Union High School District students with a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience healthcare before they go to college. The knowledge our students gain from a hands-on experience like this is irreplaceable. 

Participation in the program is very competitive. Of the 42 students who applied this year, 19 were selected and completed all of the program requirements, which included extensive pre-internship studying of anatomy and physiology, nightly research and case studies, and 78 hours of shadowing experience.

Each student rotated through at least ten different departments at Sharp Grossmont Hospital, giving them the opportunity to shadow a wide range of healthcare professionals. It is this exposure to the diverse options healthcare has to offer that helps guide our students into rewarding careers that suit their unique personalities.

The Grossmont Healthcare District began the Health Pathways program with a $25,000 grant in 2002. The financial support has grown to over $160,000 annually just for the Health Pathways. The ongoing grant and program support from the Grossmont Healthcare District has been crucial to maintaining these programs. This truly is a collaborative partnership.

SAVE THE DATE: GOT PLANS? Career & College Fair on Oct. 10

In partnership with the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District, the East County Education Alliance is hosting our twelfth annual Got Plans? Career & College Fair for high school students and parents on Saturday, October 10, 2015, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Grossmont College in El Cajon.

Students and parents will be able to interact with admissions representatives from public and private universities, community colleges, vocational schools, and the military.

Free workshops will be presented on topics including financial aid and career opportunities. Admission to the fair is free and open to the public. More information is available by calling Jason Martinez at (619) 644-7524 or email:

Superintendent Ralf Swenson