Tennessee State House representatives acquired a lesson about Lebanon High School’s biotech course, which was the primary of its sort within the state. The presentation comes after the Tennessee Division of Schooling authorized new STEM/biotechnology requirements for CTE packages in excessive state faculties, which have been modeled after the Lebanon High School program, created by Melissa Bunch.
“We now have lastly gotten the state approval for the four programs and programs III and IV to rely upon as lab sciences,” mentioned Bunch, that are necessities for college kids to graduate. “We requested them to come back do a presentation on what’s being taught as a result of we need to carry extra of this biotech trade,” stated Home Schooling Committee chairman Rep. Mark White, R-Memphis.
Abby Trotter with Life Science Tennessee highlighted the significance of Bunch’s course and its enlargement, noting there are about 33,000 life science jobs within the state. “It is vitally thrilling to us that now there is a chance to develop Mrs. Bunch’s program throughout the state of Tennessee. Now we have some challenges within the state of Tennessee hiring laboratory and diagnostic personnel,” Trotter mentioned. “Having extra Tennesseans skilled to do work in medical laborites and diagnostics is essential.”
Bunch’s course took about two years to create and took the cooperation of some folks and entities, together with Lebanon Excessive Faculty principal Scott Walters, Wilson County Director of Schools Donna Wright, the Wilson County Board of Schooling and Volunteer State Community College president Jerry Faulkner and biology school member Joe Dolan.
Bunch made the presentation to the committee with six college students: junior Hannah Lawson; sophomore Hannah Goad; sophomore Kylie Retzke; junior Isabella Beene; junior Miles Brewer and senior Zachary Huff.