Marist's flagship academic program expects growth and opportunity
Two donations have been awarded to Marist High School's leading academic program, MEDQUEST. The MEDQUEST curriculum provides practical lab instruction and externships to prepare students in pursuing various health careers. During the course of the program, students can receive CPR Certifications, EKG Technician Certifications, and Medical Assistant Certifications, allowing them to work in the medical field upon high school graduation.
A MEDQUEST student practicing dressing wounds and patient care.
The program caught the attention of two sponsors, My Orthodontist, a local Bayonne orthodontic office, and Celgene, a Fortune 500 pharmaceutical company based in New Jersey. Both institutions saw the value of the program, choosing to invest in the training of future medical professionals. My Orthodontist will host clinics and student interns as a part of the sponsorship, giving the students hands-on training in local medical offices.
"We're so grateful to these sponsors for investing in the future of our students," said Peter G. Kane, Marist President. "This program has been a staple of the Marist curriculum for ten years and we're so proud of all we've achieved with it. These donations will allow us to continue doing this amazing work."
A MEDQUEST student measuring blood pressure on a medical dummy in the lab.
This initiative is one of many the school has pushed for in the last year, a part of a plan to bolster the rigor of the academic programs and improve the school's athletic teams. With the Marist soccer and football teams winning games this season for the first time in years, these donations for MEDQUEST are another sign that the new formula is working.
"It's rewarding to see the changes we implemented making a meaningful impact," Kane continued. "Marist will continue to push forward with innovative programs and the tradition of academic excellence.”