Partnership with Saint Thomas gives Metro students an advantage

One hundred Metro students have been selected to be a part of the new Saint Thomas Health Scholars program. In partnership with Saint Thomas Health, Metro schools will launch a healthcare-based program in the 2016-2017 school year that is the first of its kind. The innovative program focuses on professional mentoring for students that are actively pursuing an industry certification in the healthcare field.

The students in the program, known as Saint Thomas Health Scholars, will receive weekly hands-on industry certification mentoring at Saint Thomas facilities. At the end of the school year, these scholars will sit for the Clinical Certified Medical Assistant Certification exam, and students who receive their certification will have the opportunity to be hired immediately and receive future scholarship opportunities.

Earning an industry certification while still in high school allows Metro School graduates to advance more quickly in their field of interest through potential career opportunities and increased post-secondary options. Providing this opportunity to students will also prepare Metro School graduates to better address critical local and statewide economic needs.

People from both Metro Schools and Saint Thomas Health will present information about the program tonight at Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital. The students who were selected to participate in the inaugural year of the program will also be commissioned during the event.