CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Some Gregory-Portland High School students are now using some special state-of-the-art equipment to learn how the human body works.
They are called synthetic cadavers and they come complete with life-like organs and body parts.
The cadavers are actually helping students get into nursing school.
Gregory-Portland High School seniors got to show off the use of two state-of-the-art synthetic cadavers during a check presentation to the school by the chair of the Texas Workforce Commission.
"We're excited as a state to invest in giving state of the art technology to our students so that you can be more work ready," said Ruth Hughs, who chairs the Commission.
Hughs was on hand to add her signature to a check for more than $250,000 to the school district to pay for the state-of-the-art cadavers. The cadavers will help train almost 100 students from several health sciences classes to obtain some certifications for nursing and phlebotomy before finishing high school.
For seniors like Jacob Mendez, the new equipment is important.
"I want to be a registered nurse," Mendez said. "I'm planning on going to del mar after I finish high school and I want to major in nursing so what these syn-daver, it helps me know the anatomy of the human body."
For Jacob and other students like Lorena Leon, the technology also means preparing for a career that will allow them to stay close to family in the Coastal Bend.
"I'm hands on. I like learning like that," Leon said. "That's the way I, it depends on the person, but it helps me a lot."
"I think it puts our high school kids a step above most that don't have these opportunities with these syn-davers," G-P High School Principal Kyde Eddleman said.
Hughs said that by 2022, there will be 410 new nursing job vacancies in the Coastal Bend region alone. The grant was the result of competition among high schools across the state.