Westminster’s free home school scheme launches career paths

LONE TREE, Colo. (KDVR) – A Westminster-based program is taking homeschooling to a new level by bringing the classroom to students.

18-year-old Vanessa Sanchez and Charlize Medellin-Reyes are getting into the medical profession.

“I want to become an RN, RN and study oncology, which is cancer,” Sanchez said.

“I want to be a cardiovascular surgeon,” Reyes said.

The girls are now pursuing their nursing assistant certificate, worth $2,000, at no cost to them.

“A lot of times students live too far from our office, from our school, so we want to go to their place,” said Shari Bossmann, RN, of Destinations Career Academy of Colorado.

Destinations Career Academy of Colorado is an online and in-person high school home academy through the mobile medical lab.

In addition to receiving a high school diploma, students can take one of the additional courses to give them a head start in their chosen field.

“We have law so they can go through it, we have IT, engineering, business and we have an outdoor club,” Bossmann said.

Along with free homeschooling for kids, students can get a head start in their chosen field of work.

“This is the first year we’ve been doing this, so we’ve just finished and are ready to go and we have about 17 students in total,” Bossmann said.

And two of those students, Sanchez and Reyes, will have their nursing aide certificates in a few weeks.

“Financially, it’s a lifesaver,” Sanchez said.

“It’s free education, not necessarily free, it’s like wow, going to college, I already have that on my file,” Reyes said.

Bossmann says the mobile medical van is the first of its kind in Colorado, but others are sure to follow.