Nine high school students received a certificate of technical studies in medical registration from Delgado Community College this spring.

They are the first group to complete a dual enrollment program established last summer between Delgado and the Jefferson Parish Public School System.

The program positions students to be competitive for high-wage, high-demand jobs in the health care industry right out of high school, said Superintendent Dr. James Meza Jr.

To complete the medical registration program in one school year, students are required to take one or two classes each semester at their high school and 12 to 15 credit hours each semester at Delgado.

Students receive high school credit/Carnegie units along with transcript credit from Delgado that can be used toward an associate’s degree. This year, three of the nine students in the program earned enough credits to graduate from high school a year early.

The students who have completed the medical registration specialist program are: Marlena Bruno, Gianni Millan, Kimberly Murga and Sydney Young of Bonnabel High School; Dakota King and Angelica Matamoros of Grace King High School; Balen Butler and Jasmin Gosey of L.W. Higgins High School; and Kiranisha Frazer of West Jefferson High School.