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MEDIA CONTACT: Giselle Reid
561-297-1139, greid10@fau.edu

FAU’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science Launches Pilot High School Healthcare Initiative

BOCA RATON , FL (December 19, 2008) – Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science has established a pilot medical outreach program designed to increase the opportunities in the health-science field for high school students.   The Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science Healthcare Outreach Program will offer sophomores in high school with a desire to enter the healthcare field the opportunity to develop and prepare themselves for future medical studies at the college level.    

Our goal is to encourage and support high school students in their desire to enter the healthcare profession by preparing them to compete successfully at the college and post-graduate levels,” said Mark Goldstein, director of FAU’s Disaster and Emergency Training Simulation Center and the healthcare outreach program .   “FAU has developed tailored curriculum to coincide with appropriate high school grades.   The focus of the program, in addition to fostering interest, is to develop strong foundations in education, technology, and cultural, social and human issues.”

The inaugural pilot program recently matched 20 sophomores with a school mentor and student tutors as part of an intensive year-long curriculum. During the year, students will shadow healthcare professionals, work on special research projects that they present to their peers and family, attend bimonthly onsite sessions at FAU to enhance their skills and education, and experience an array of field trips. Students also will attend an exciting weeklong on-campus summer session that will give them the experience of college life.   During this time, they will present an individual health science project. In order to be eligible for the free program, students must be recommended by their high school teachers or administrators.

A first in Florida, the program parallels successful models in states such as West Virginia, which recently saw 100 percent of the students that participated graduate high school and 97 percent go on to college.    The program is currently seeking funding for sustainability and expansion into multiple grade levels and for at-risk communities.     

For more information, contact Giselle Reid at 561-297-1139 or greid10@fau.edu.

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Florida Atlantic University opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 26,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses strategically located along 150 miles of Florida's southeastern coastline. Building on its rich tradition as a teaching university, with a world-class faculty, FAU hosts 10 colleges:  College of Architecture, Urban & Public Affairs, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science, the Barry Kaye College of Business, the College of  Education, the College of  Engineering & Computer Science, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Graduate College,  the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science.  

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