INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Indianapolis Public Schools students interested in the medical field can now earn cash and college credits while attending high school.

The Hardon Educational Institute has partnered with Crispus Attucks High School and Arsenal Technical High School to expand their healthcare curriculum.

A government education program allows students to earn up to 40 college credits for an associate degree at Ivy Tech Community College while still in high school. Students can also earn multiple certifications in the healthcare industry and will work in paid positions with regional long-term care and home nursing companies.

“This has taken a long time, about two years, and we are thrilled to be able to improve access to programs that are vital not only to our workforce but also to our communities.” said Brandi London, executive director of the Hardon Educational Institute.

Some students have the opportunity to be accepted into the IU Health Fellowship program to get jobs in the organization.