Mich. Early College Builds Pipeline into Health Careers
At Henry Ford Early College in Dearborn, Mich., students get a diploma, a degree, and a leg up on a job in the local health industry
A looming employment problem is facing Henry Ford Health System , a network of hospitals and medical centers in southeastern Michigan that handles more than 3 million patient visits each year. Some of the system’s essential employees—the medical technologists, the therapists who provide patient services, the professionals who run the labs—are growing older. Their average age is over 50, and a handful are over 70.
The solution for the health system was to create its own future workforce. It joined with the 18,600-student Dearborn school district and Henry Ford Community College to create Henry Ford Early College , a five-year program that allows students from area school districts 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.
The program, now in its fourth year, is part of a trend among schools to provide students an alternative educational path that offers something more than a high school education but doesn’t involve the financial and time investment of...
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