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Fellow classmate Eunice Carranza said medical professionals she rubbed elbows with marveled at her dissection experience when she told them she had already dissected a pig and a heart.
STISD Superintendent Marla Guerra said the magnet school district is unlike any other in the country, with campuses specializing in medical studies, science, business, education and technology.
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And while the facility will likely be impressive, current students at the San Benito campus insisted that what sets "the Med Academy" apart from other schools is in how it prepares students for working in medicine.
The new 181,495 square foot facility will cater to about 800 students and allow for the current Medical Academy in San Benito to transition into the district's second junior high school.
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from throughout the South Texas Independent School District turned out Saturday for the groundbreaking for the district's newest school: the South Texas Academy for Medical Professions.
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Still, his STISD education will help him out, since he will be a certified phlebotomist by the time he receives his diploma and will be able to work part time while enrolled in classes.
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from Rancho Viejo, but by fall 2015 it will be the Rio Grande Valley's newest and most state of the art education facility, school officials said.
They had not performed those dissections until college, she said.
The campus will feature a state of the art library, gymnasium, lecture halls and a cafeteria, she said, and will be the district's largest facility.
Carranza has her eyes on medical school after getting a degree in chemistry, she said, and wants to specialize in either neurology or pediatrics.
The campus will be the district's second in Cameron County and first in Brownsville, bringing new options to students intent on going to college or pursuing a career in the medical field.
Enrollment in the school is open, but competitive, he said, especially since it is a public school with no tuition and, in most cases, free provided transportation.
The school isn't just for future medical professionals, however, as Escobedo said he plans to major in sociology when he attends college.
Gone are the days when overhead projectors were the norm for teaching high school, he said.
In most cases, junior Julissa Guajardo said, the students already have the knowledge they'll need to pass college courses, which is great news for her, having known since she was a freshman that she wants to be a registered nurse.
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The new campus' central location for Brownsville, Port Isabel, Michael Kors Tote Bag Usa South Padre Island, Harlingen and San Benito makes it a viable option for students all over the region to enroll, she said.
STISD Board President Homero Garcia echoed the superintendent's sentiments.
Senior Derik Escobedo said the "head start" that brochures and officials tout is all too real and that he and his classmates have found evidence of it while interning at hospitals.
"We're trying to build where the students are," he said, noting the demand for doctors in the Valley and the opportunities that the forthcoming University of Texas medical school could present for transforming South Texas.
"We feel like we can offer a first class, quality education," she said. Villarreal, the director of operations at the school, said technology will be imprinted into its very infrastructure, with teachers having the ability to call up information and videos from the Internet with ease and streamlined teaching tools.
Students graduate with college credit and in some cases associate's degrees, Guerra said, with many receiving their bachelors' degrees in less than three years.
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