Every student dreams of being recognized for their hard work. Thanks to teachers at Ohio Virtual Academy, the online learning environment, and a tireless work ethic, MacKhoi was able to make his dreams come to life, even amid the pandemic.
Like a lot of families, MacKhoi’s parents were concerned about safety as COVID raged on and new variants sprung up. MacKhoi enrolled at OHVA and enjoyed the benefits online school brings. He could complete schoolwork in ways that worked best for him, and he was presented with multiple extra credit opportunities to stay ahead in his classes. His teachers worked hard to keep students engaged and communicate what was expected. MacKhoi truly enjoyed being able to go at his own pace with school, yet still have structure and support.
That balance of flexibility and structure at OHVA also allowed MacKhoi to practice piano more, a lifelong passion for him. All the hard work he had put in throughout the pandemic paid off, and in November 2021, MacKhoi was named the winner for the Bluegrass Junior Piano category of the 2021 Bluegrass Competition, and he was honored to perform at the Winners’ Concert at Western Kentucky University. In addition, MacKhoi was a First Prize Winner and Exceptional Young Talent Special Prize Winner for the 2021 International Competition for Classical Music Awards. MacKhoi was even invited to play at the world-famous Carnegie Hall in December!
“Online school allowed me to pursue my dreams,” said MacKhoi. “By formulating my own schedule and with my family’s and teachers’ support, I had the opportunity to achieve my dreams”.
To learn more about Ohio Virtual Academy, visit https://ohva.k12.com/
With targeted career prep learning during high school, and the benefits of focusing on these important technology skills for healthcare, jobs are typically available for those looking to start their careers right away. So, let’s take an even closer look at each of the tech skills on this list.
Practice Management Software: Whether it’s a smaller medical practice run by one doctor or a few practitioners, or if it’s a larger hospital system, all practices require good management… and that means software to help keep things running smoothly. The top skill in technology for those looking to grow a career in healthcare will definitely be learning (and continually keeping up with) practice management software. These programs help to set scheduled appointments, organize patient files and vital information, and even assist with ongoing billing cycles.
Salesforce: This is a large and highly-utilized customer relationship management (CRM) platform, and it is applicable in the field of healthcare, as well. Salesforce is often used in business/office endeavors because it can help front and back office, commerce, service, and IT teams work as one cohesive unit. This not only boosts the experience and efficiency of working teams, but its use is also motivated by a positive experience on the patient end. Familiarity with Salesforce is a key technology skill for healthcare that you will want to consider focusing on, during career prep efforts in high school and your continued education.
Dentrix: Dentrix is a software program used in many dental practices today. If you plan to focus your healthcare career on dental care, oral health, and dental hygiene, then learning this software program is a must. Also of interest is the fact that Dentrix was the first dental practice management software for Microsoft Windows, when it was launched in 1989 by Dentrix Dental Systems. Learning Dentrix is certainly a strong way to have your resume and/or job application stand out among the proverbial crowd.
SAP: System, applications, and products (SAP) software continues to stand out from other enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems in the worlds of business and healthcare technology. The SAP modules include human resources, finance, office management, and more… much more. Depending on the needs of the medical or dental practice you work for in the field of healthcare, you can work with any applicable modules, and you would be hard-pressed to find modules that do not fit the needs of a medical practice. SAP can manage practically all departments within an organization and/or healthcare system, and it can revolutionize and streamline the way an entire office or hospital system is operated in a broader context.
ICD-10: ICD-10 is the tenth revision of the “International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems,” which is a medical classification list by the World Health Organization. This list is vitally important, not only in categorizing diagnostics, but also for the purposes of billing and coding in modern healthcare practices. While offices and hospitals will have manuals on-site for reference, a comprehensive working knowledge and broad-based understanding of ICD-10 is an excellent technical skill to develop during a career prep program in high school.
It’s through hands-on, project-based learning, and online classes and programs, that Stride Career Prep students can develop key skills in both healthcare and technology, while also continuing their high school experience. Working on career prep now, and striving for progressive (and future-focused) healthcare skill sets while moving forward, can help students graduate and be prepared to immediately launch into rewarding careers in healthcare.
No matter what future you choose to have, as healthcare options come into focus, career prep courses with Stride help you begin your own journey towards success! Stride Insights also has more information about Technical Skills And Career Readiness For High School Students, too!
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