(Plain Press, August 2015) CMSD NEWS BUREAU The MetroHealth System will give 50 to 75 ninth-graders at two high schools an inside look at a large Cleveland hospital and career opportunities in health care.
The MetroHealth Scholars series, open to incoming ninth- graders at Lincoln-West and James Ford Rhodes high schools, will run from September through May. The students will spend one day each month at MetroHealth’s main campus off West 25th Street.
The ninth-graders will examine topics that include how MetroHealth benefits the city and county, how the health system provides access to care, and how it addresses issues that affect health, such as poverty, access to care and the environment. They also will explore internship and career opportunities in a wide range of clinical and non-clinical areas ranging from the Emergency Department to the business office to food service.
“Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) is committed to ensuring college and career readiness for all students, and the MetroHealth Scholars program supports that goal in many ways,” District Chief Executive Officer Eric Gordon said. “This kind of real-life exploration of occupations that touch numerous areas of interest will enable our students, early on, to visualize a path to their future.”
MetroHealth Scholars expands an already strong partnership with CMSD. That relationship includes a two-year mentoring and career exploration program for Lincoln-West students, beginning in their junior years, and health services in a number of schools that could grow as high as 22.
“Our children represent our future, and we are honored to play an ever-expanding role in their care and economic future,” said Dr. Akram Boutros, MetroHealth’s president and chief executive officer. “It is incumbent on all large businesses to develop paths that can help everyone succeed.”
Students and families can learn more about the MetroHealth Scholars program during a meeting planned for 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 5 at MetroHealth’s Old Brooklyn Health Center, 4229 Pearl Road.