Central Cities Health Institute


The Central Cities Health Institute is an academic program offered by and held at Lincoln High School to 11th and 12th grade students in South Wood County school districts, including Wisconsin Rapids Public and Private Schools, Nekoosa Public Schools, and Port Edwards Public Schools.

The Institute is designed for students to increase their exploration and exposure in all health careers.  The high demand to fill jobs in the health care industry in South Wood County and across the nation and the increased rate of students interested in health careers verified the need to create this health science program.

Students are engaged in classes to prepare them for entry-level work experiences as well as post secondary education.  Through the health science program, students have the opportunity to gain First Aid, CPR/AED and Nursing Assistant certification.

The curriculum includes hands-on, work-based education to increase student’s critical thinking, academic, and employability skills.  A major goal of the Institute is to assist the health care industry in recruitment and retention of committed, mission-oriented health care employees.

Application Procedure

Who can apply to CCHI?
All tenth graders in South Wood County school districts can apply for admission for their junior year.

When can students apply to CCHI?
Applications are due in January for admission the following school year.  Contact Lincoln High School for the specific due date.  

Where are applications?
Applications can be found in the guidance/social services department of all South Wood County school districts.

Central Cities Health Institute will admit 24 juniors each year.  A lottery system will be imposed if more than 24 students apply.

Course Sequence


Junior year:

   Medical Occupations Exploration – .5 credit
   Health Science Foundations – .5 credit
* Certified Nursing Assistant– .5 high school credit  (3 MSTC credits)

Senior Year:

* Medical Terminology – .5 credit (3 MSTC credits)
   Medical Occupations Externship – .5 credit
   Human Anatomy and Physiology – .5 credit

* = Courses that earn MidState Technical College credits

Maintenance Requirements

To maintain enrollment in the Central Cities Health Institute (CCHI), students need to fulfill the following requirements:

  • Achieve and maintain a 95% attendance rate at school and work experiences.
  • Maintain at least a 3.0 GPA with no D’s or F’s in Institute classes.
  • Participate in at least 100 hours of work experience throughout participation in the Institute.
  • Participate in CCHI sponsored events.
  • Display appropriate standards of behavior.

1. Be to class or work site on time.
2. Abide by home-based high school discipline code.
3. Be respectful to self, staff, and fellow students.

16 of the top 25 fastest growing jobs are health care related. ~WI Department of Workplace Development  

Contact Information

Located at Lincoln High School
1801 16th Street South
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494
Lincoln High School: 715-424-6750

Contact: Kathy Jarosinski -    Email

Career Possibilities


Dental Assistant

Dental Hygienist



Emergency Medical Technician

Health Information Administrator

Health Information Technician

Health Unit Coordinator

Home Health Aid

Medical Assistant

Medical Laboratory Technician

Medical Technologist

Medication Assistant

Nuclear Medicine Technologist

Nurse Assistant



Pharmacist/Pharmacy Technician


Physical Therapist/ Physical Therapist Assistant


Physician Assistant


Radiology Technologist

Registered Nurse

Respiratory Therapist

Surgical Technologist

Veterinarian/ Veterinary Technician



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  • Wisconsin Rapids Public Schools
  • 510 Peach Street, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494
  • Phone: 715-424-6700