PAYNESVILLE (AP) -  High school students in central Minnesota are reading X-rays, growing bacteria and dissecting a heart as part of a national project aimed at helping them solve real-world problems in high-demand careers.

Reports say that Paynesville High School offers two biomedical classes through Project Lead the Way. The national nonprofit develops classroom curriculum and resources to help students learn transportable skills.

In the classes, sophomores, juniors and seniors are learning by doing, exploring science and health careers along the way. Teacher Jesse Rasmussen says the classes, Principles of Biomedical Sciences and Human Body Systems, are based on concepts professionals are exploring in health care.

The Bureau of Labor and Statistics projects the health care industry will add about 2.3 million new jobs from 2014 to 2024.