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Is there a way to not spend so much money? Some say you have to start focusing on your career early and not get a degree in something you won't use and then need to go back to school.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools are trying to help high school student focus in on their passion early on.

CMS is opening up a new Academy of Health Sciences at Butler High School this year.

Microscopes, skeletons, and test tubes… This is a science geek's dream.

"When we started talking about things like the body, I found it cool how we're like a little machine made up of different parts that work together to keep us living. That really sparked my interest," said Lauryn Lee.

Lauryn Lee is starting ninth grade this year, but she already knows what she wants to do when she grows up.

"I like anatomy, so I like things like biomedical science, like dissections, and heart. I want to be a cardiologist when I grow up. I think it would be cool if I could discover something new about the heart or help cure a disease in the heart or something like that," said Lauryn.

To be real, she's more than a decade away from completing her education as a cardiologist, but this brand-new Academy of health science at Butler high school is giving her a head start.

"Any time you can get students thinking about what they might be interested in as they go into college. They can save a lot of time and money so they're not floundering when they go into college and the workforce," said Carol Parrish, the Academy Coordinator.

The Academy is starting out with Butler High School freshmen. And not everyone can get in.

"There's 2100 students that go to Butler and there's almost 600 9th graders. The academy limits to 100 students. Right now, we have 60 students. We have a few spaces available," said Carol.

With a more focused curriculum and perks of the program, students are figuring out what they want to do with life - a little earlier.

Some of the perks include getting a certificate on your high school diploma for going through the academy, internships in junior and senior years, and guaranteed interviews with companies in the industry.

 

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