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AUSTIN/COPPERAS COVE, Texas (FOX 44) — A 2022 Copperas Cove High School graduate not only got her first job right out of high school, but she’s also making a lot of money!

Communications director Wendy Sledd said in a press release on Tuesday morning that Jiya Edwards not only works in healthcare, which is her ultimate career goal, but is also able to earn a full-time annual salary of more than $33,000.

Edwards is using her pharmacy technician certification she earned while attending Copperas Cove High School to work at CVS, just 12 minutes from the University of Texas – where she is majoring in health and society to become a physician assistant or pharmacist.

“The reason I’m so comfortable with performing prescriptions is because of the clerkship I did in high school. It gave me experience before I graduated and started working. The externship allowed me to be more competent to pass the certification test. Copperas Cove High School prepared me very well,” Edwards said. “High school played a big role because of the relationships I created with my educators. Our teachers never expected us to be perfect, but I learned that when you show interest in succeeding and trust those around you, they will lead you in the right direction.

Sledd said Edwards specifically credits CCHS health sciences teacher Jeni Carbone-Williams for contributing to her high-paying health care job right out of high school.

“The pharmacy course was a pilot course for her, and frankly, I wasn’t going to take the course unless she taught it. When you engage with her knowledge and instill confidence in her, she will take you under her wing and you will do well in her classroom,” Edwards said. “She has done so much in health care and continues to stay in school to feed her brain and then pass it on to her students.

“She pays attention to her students’ learning preferences so they can enjoy the course while retaining what she teaches. There were days when I wasn’t there mentally, but she trusted me enough to allow me to take much needed breaks as the learning material is very heavy,” Edwards said. “She’s someone I want to keep in touch with, come to graduate from college and watch me grow because she laid the foundation for my career success in healthcare.”

Sledd said Copperas Cove High School offers more than 30 certifications in various career fields, including several in health care — as well as advanced degrees through the Early College High School Program, Texas University On-Ramps Program, dual credit and advanced placement. Classes.

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