December 2018

Woodline Joseph, a senior at Atlantic Community High School, already has a dream for her future.


Most of her family members are in the medical field. They are registered nurses, certified nursing assistants, medical assistants, and licensed practical nurses. She sees herself pursuing one of those professions, fulfilling a long-time career goal.

“That’s one of the main reasons why I chose to enroll in the International Baccalaureate Career Programme (IBCP)–Medical Sciences,” Joseph said. “Besides the fact that I have a passion for the medical field, the program is an opportunity for me to start concentrating on what I want to do in life.”

IBCP–Medical Sciences is designed for students who want to pursue a medical career while also completing the requirements for the IB Middle Years Programme (IBMYP) and an IB Career-related Programme certificate. Joseph is on her way to establishing a vocation in the medical field, given that she is already CPR and EMR (Emergency Medical Responder) certified, which means she can provide immediate lifesaving care to critical patients.

The 17 year old is also a cheerleader, plays flag football, and is a member of the Student Government Association at her school. Additionally, she produced video stories while working as an intern reporter, writer, and translator for Haitian Creole at the School District’s television station, The Education Network.

“I want to be a nurse practitioner or a medical reporter. I like TV production and also enjoy being on camera,” Joseph said. “As a young black female, I face a lot of challenges. My background motivates me. I will be the first grandchild to graduate from high school in my family, and I really want to earn post-secondary degrees, even a Ph.D. I think young girls like me should take advantage of all educational opportunities to make their dreams come true.”

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