Thousands of Detroiters have insufficient access to health services, and the shortage of skilled health professionals is predicted to worsen. Moreover, many high school graduates in Detroit are not prepared for the rigors of a college education in the health professions.
To confront these issues, the WSU College of Nursing received nearly $3.4 million from the 21st Century Community Learning Center, funded by the Michigan Department of Education. What’s called the “C2 Pipeline” is now up and running, offering 50 students at each of five public high schools — Ecorse, Oak Park, Detroit Northwestern, Detroit Cody and East Detroit — a 38-week program to improve academic achievement and encourage interest in health careers.
“This grant is designed to help alleviate the uneven distribution of health professionals in Michigan,” says Barbara K. Redman, dean of the College of Nursing. “Our aim is to enrich students in STEM disciplines so they can be college-ready in the health professions.”
The University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry and the Michigan Area Health Education Center are also participating. The first cohort of 184 students completes its initial session Nov. 21.