Students start health classes early in K-14 district

Early-college students are training for health careers in Michigan’s only K-14 district, reports Education Week. Henry Ford Early College, created by the Dearborn school district, Henry Ford Community College and the Henry Ford Health System, is a five-year program that allows students “to graduate with a high school diploma, an associate of science degree, and a certification in one of 12 allied health fields, such as surgery technology, radiology, or biotechnology, at no cost to their families.”

About 200 students from Detroit and the surrounding area entered a lottery for this year’s freshman class of 50.

. . . Henry Ford students can attend some of the most rigorous and highly subscribed courses offered by the 19,000-student community college. While some high schools struggle to connect with an institution of higher learning, Dearborn schools and Henry Ford Community College are run by the same school board, forming the only “K-14” school district in Michigan.

Students shadow health-care professionals, interact with patients and take classes at the hospital complex. Freshman and sophomores spend one day a week on clinical rotations and take classes four days a week.

Most have little time for traditional high school activities or extracurriculars. Attrition has been high: Of 42 freshmen in 2007, only 24 have made it to their fourth year. Some realize they’re not that interested in health careers. Others can’t handle the academic workload.

POSTED BY Joanne Jacobs ON June 14, 2011

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