A vision to build a statewide, health-care-focused high school in a rural west Alabama town may soon become a reality.

In an effort to address the growing health-care workforce shortage in Alabama, Governor Kay Ivey announced a proposal to develop the Alabama School of Health Care Sciences in Demopolis, Marengo County, in his March 7 State of the State address.

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Ivey said the proposed school would welcome ninth- through twelfth-grade students from across the state and offer an innovative curriculum in science, technology, engineering and math. Pending approval of the proposal by the Alabama Legislature, hundreds of students will have access to health-care education opportunities and hands-on clinical training experiences through the school.

Allison Miller, a nursing student at Shelton State, Paul W.  A Bryant High student instructs Lillian Jackson as she simulates CPR on a medical mannequin during the West Alabama Worlds of Work on October 12, 2017 in Shelton State.  A health-care-focused high school is planned for Demopolis to help alleviate Alabama's acute shortage of health care workers.

The school will not only train students, but also help position them for immediate employment after graduation.

“When these students receive their diplomas, they will be prepared to fill a wide spectrum of health care jobs or pursue higher education,” Ivey said in his State of the State address.

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