YPSILANTI – More than 100 students from Plymouth Canton High School will visit Eastern Michigan University Friday, May 18 for a day of career exploration in the healthcare field.
The visit is part of the first annual “Healthcare Next Generation” event presented by Beaumont Hospital and hosted by the Canton Chamber of Commerce.
“As the world of work transforms, the healthcare industry is at the epicenter of change,” says a mission statement for the event. “The industry is growing rapidly and facing talent and skills shortages. At the same time, the accelerating pace of medical and technological advancements means medical professionals must constantly adapt to new breakthroughs and changing expectations. A key strategy for combatting the healthcare talent shortage will be convincing young students to enter the healthcare industry.”
After visiting Beaumont Hospital in the morning, the students will arrive by bus at the Eastern Michigan College of Health and Human Services at 10:30 a.m. They will meet more than 30 faculty members and attend learning labs that will touch upon a variety of educational pathways that can lead to fulfilling and rewarding careers.
The half hour learning labs include the areas of athletic training, clinical lab sciences, dietetics, health administration, health education, exercise science, occupational therapy and orthotics and prosthetics.
Students, each of whom has indicated an interest in healthcare fields, will receive a box lunch for a lunch and learn session, where they will meet with individual Eastern faculty members in a wide variety of disciplines. They will return to their high school at 1:30 p.m.
Christine Karshin, associate academic dean in Eastern’s College of Health and Human Services, said she’s excited about the event, noting that the arrangements began only a month ago and plans quickly came together.
“We’re always interested in creating opportunities for students to come to our campus,” she said, noting the excellent response of faculty in participating in the event. “This is a chance to meet our faculty and see their passion for their discipline along with gaining awareness of the programs we have and the varied opportunities in the healthcare field.”
About Eastern Michigan University
Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest university in Michigan. It currently serves 20,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences and professions. In all, more than 300 majors, minors and concentrations are delivered through the University's Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Health and Human Services; Technology, and its graduate school. EMU is regularly recognized by national publications for its excellence, diversity, and commitment to applied education. For more information about Eastern Michigan University, visit the University's website.