From internships, guest speakers and hands-on career exploration, students discover opportunities in the medical field at AIMS (Aspirations in Medical Sciences), a Lighthouse Academy program. Through partnerships with local hospitals, students earn volunteer hours and school
credit while learning important skills. They can also receive CPR and OSHA certification and become certified nursing assistants. Core classes are medically themed, including biology and chemistry.
Students use simulators, highly sensitive, intelligent robots that allow students to practice vital medical skills without the risk of harming “real” people. The lab course is through a partnership with Long Beach Unified, Long Beach Memorial Medical Center and Long Beach City College. Jordan High also has a simulator.
“I’m so proud of these students,” says Tabatha Baskin, a member of Long Beach Teachers Association who teaches health and career exploration and medical terminology. “Our students are very motivated. Many say they want to come to school because of the academy.”
“AIMS helped me discover my career choice — physical therapy,” says 2018 graduate Anahi Montano. “I completed over 300 hours of hospital service in AIMS. It was one of the best choices I made in high school.”