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Grant will support health education

ST. LOUIS SCHOOLS - The St. Louis Public Schools' Office of Career and Technical Education has been awarded a grant of more than $182,000 to train students in health care careers. The grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health seeks to increase gender and ethnic diversity in health trades in the St. Louis region. The district already offers health services programs for students in patient care, rehabilitation therapy, respiratory therapy, and emergency medical technician certification. The grant will allow those programs - which are often fully booked - to expand enrollment. According to a school district news release, 493 students enrolled in the district's health services programs in 2011. Nearly 80 percent of those students were female. Enrollment is expected to climb to 575 students next year.

WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY > New public health program gains accreditation - A new public health program at Washington University has earned accreditation from a national body three years after the graduate program was established. Washington University announced last week that the Brown School's Master of Public Health program is now accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health. The graduate program seeks to help students tackle public health challenges, particularly in vulnerable communities. "Accreditation will provide students and alumni expanded job opportunities, fellowships, and doctoral admissions," said Edward Lawlor, dean of the Brown School, in a news release.

ROCKWOOD SCHOOLS > Counselor named state's best - Molly Rundquist, a counselor at Selvidge Middle School, has been named the Missouri Middle School Counselor of the Year. …