Conexión Del Rio / Staff report

Conexión Del Rio – Thirteen students from the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Program at Del Rio High School have received Certifications in Electrocardiography and Phlebotomy under the Health Science Career Pathway. This certification program is monitored by the National Healthcareer Association. 

As a Certified Electrocardiograph Technician, these students have gained experience in the fundamentals of the cardiovascular system, basic electrocardiography procedures, interpretation of basic dysrhythmias, and appropriate treatment modalities. As a Certified Phlebotomy Technician, they also gained the knowledge and skills for performing of a variety of blood and specimen collection methods, with an emphasis on infection prevention, quality assurance, and professionalism. 

The students include Katelynn Alderete, Ashly Cardenas, Gabriel Esquivel, Fabrizio Hernandez, Daniel Jimenez, Harrison Latta, Janel Meza, Mya Pena, Fernando Rangel, Brianna Renteria, Joseph Rodriguez, Karyme Rosales, and Samanta Valdes.

They are under the instruction of CTE Health Science teacher Dawnie Espinoza, RN who believes that by helping prepare the next generation of healthcare workers, we are helping students make a meaningful and positive impact on healthcare. Students in the EKG and Phlebotomy classes receive dual credit from Southwest Texas Junior College.  The Health Science Career Pathway continues to grow with additional national industry certifications are part of the growing Career and Technical Education (CTE) Program.