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School's curriculum gives glimpses of careers

Looking like one of her students, Principal Angela Bozeman excitedly discusses the opportunities students are having at Olympic High's school of Biotechnology, Health and Public Administration.

In the last school year, a symposium held at Discovery Place featured student exhibits on stem cells. The students researched and installed exhibits with interactive experiences, live experiments, rap songs and timelines.

In November, the school will plan and execute a Biotechnology Symposium at Discovery Place.

The symposium will focus on genetically modified plants with an emphasis on improving nutritional quality, increasing crop yield, using food as a way to administer medicines and tailoring foods to address allergies.

In her first year as principal at Olympic's school of Biotechnology, Health and Public Administration, Bozeman is pushing to get community and parental involvement. If you're interested in volunteering, call her at 980-343-1110.

Bozeman says students at her school are uniquely career minded, largely interested in health occupations. The curriculum is tailored to offer students glimpses of the real-life careers. The graduation rate for the School of Biotechnology Health and Public Administration is 91.6 percent.

Carolinas Medical Center partners with the school.

Students travel to the Nutrition Research Institute at UNC Chapel Hill, where they can learn about research in biotechnology and become aware of career opportunities.

Online courses are offered from the School of Math and Science at UNC Greensboro.

Bozeman commends the staffers at her school for their enthusiasm. She said a new teacher, hired late and not equipped with all that was needed, was quickly embraced by the older members of the faculty and given what was necessary to “hit the ground running.”

Bozeman's wish is to offer even more classes in genetics, forensics and genetically modified plants. She says many people take for granted genetically altered foods, such as seedless watermelons, or string beans without strings.

Although this is her first year, Bozeman comes to the position after seven and a half years at Quail Hollow Middle School as assistant principal and two years as principal at J.T. Williams Middle School.

Like her colleagues, she is committed to the benefits of administering a small school. The bonds of personal relationships offer a chance to see each student as an individual and meet his needs.