CENTER LINE/WARREN — Last year, Center Line Public Schools officials opened two new educational academies at Center Line High School for 10th-, 11th- and 12th-grade students.
They included the Academy of Industry, Technology and Innovation and the Academy of Health and Human Services, and were designed to prepare students for college and careers after high school. Students enroll in courses that spark their interests and put them on possible career paths.
Plans are underway to expand the program. For the 2017-18 school year, CLPS officials will partner with St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital to offer a medical program in which students can explore various job opportunities in a hospital setting. There are two hospital campuses: one in Warren and one in Madison Heights.
Since many CLHS students in past years have expressed interest in entering the medical field, school officials felt a partnership with St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital was ideal. The goal is to provide students with the opportunity to do class work while at school and have them spend time job shadowing a professional at St. John. Students must meet various eligibility requirements to be in the program.
“I believe the academies of Center Line are the most appropriate model of education we could provide for our high school students,” CLPS Superintendent Eve Kaltz said. “Our commitment is to expose our kids to different options. The focus is our high school being the launching pad for the future of our kids.”
In the medical program, the students will study under a classroom teacher and eventually job shadow a hospital staff member to see what the job entails. Kaltz believe the students will be ready to job shadow staff members at St. John during the second semester.
“We’re pleased to work with Center Line Schools and to provide opportunities for local high school students who want to pursue careers,” said Terry Hamilton, president of St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. “We’re doing this because we want people to go into the health field. We want to hire them to take care of our community.”
Hamilton added that the program is designed to give students more confidence in themselves and be better prepared for when they go to work.
“Each student will be assigned to work with someone at the hospital. Our staff will fill out a brief evaluation each day on how the student performed,” Hamilton said. “The hospital is a training ground for making educational learners. Over time, students will have the opportunity to perform activities and basic duties that go on in that area of the hospital. You can learn watching as well as doing.”
St. John representatives will recruit the medical staff, known as proctors, to work with the students. There could, however, be some jobs not available to shadow if the staff members aren’t available.
The goal is to allow the students to shadow doctors, nurses, medical assistants, anesthesiologists, clerical staff members, physical therapists, X-ray technicians, those who handle registration, employees who work in maintenance and housekeeping, and those who work in laboratories.
Under the program, students interested in equipment repair, bioengineering or environmental services also might have an opportunity to job shadow professionals in those areas.
“They’ll see what this person does day in and day out on the job and what the job demands of them,” Kaltz said.