Next fall, Hilliard City Schools will offer new curriculum options for students pursuing a profession in the medical field.
Using a grant of almost $1 million from the Straight A Fund from the Ohio Department of Education, the annex building at the McVey Innovative Learning Center will be renovated for the classes.
"We're very excited about this opportunity," said district spokeswoman Amanda Morris.
The renovation of the annex will allow the district to offer Academy MD as part of the learning center's Young Professionals Network.
In partnership with Columbus State Community College and Tolles Career and Technical Center, Hilliard's Academy MD program will allow students to earn up to four elective credits while learning technical skills for industry-specific certificates or dual-enrollment credits, Morris said.
Students can earn certification in allied health and nursing, exercise science and sports medicine, health-information management and medical bioscience.
Superintendent John Marschhausen announced the grant of $917,475 at the Feb. 24 school board meeting.
The annex building was not improved as part of the renovation and conversion of the former administrative offices into the McVey Innovative Learning Center, which opened its doors in August 2013.
"We have to spend the money quickly so this project will be done this summer," Morris said.
Renovations will begin this summer and the programs will be available in August, she said.
"We already have students registering," Morris said.