Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS), in partnership with Indiana University Health, has launched a health care-focused fellowship pilot program at Crispus Attucks High School, enhancing and expanding the district’s health sciences pathway. Upon graduation, students completing the fellowship will receive a job offer from IU Health, along with tuition assistance to complete a related degree.
“We are always looking for new, innovative ways to ensure our students succeed after they graduate,” said Aleesia Johnson, IPS superintendent. “This program opens doors for our students and provides them a clear pathway to advance their academic and professional careers, creates a pipeline of well-trained team members for IU Health, and leverages the collective impact of community stakeholders.”
The fellowship will be introduced to freshmen currently enrolled at Crispus Attucks with the opportunity to apply to the program during the second semester of the 2020-2021 school year. The pilot program will build upon the current nursing pathway to offer additional tracks within the health care industry for some of the most in-demand careers, including medical assistant and patient care assistant.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has emphasized the need to invest in the next generation of health care providers, and we know there are capable, passionate students in our own backyard,” said Dennis Murphy, president and CEO of IUHealth. “Our partnership with IPS can help drive the success of its students. By removing barriers of access and finance, this program will promote student success and satisfaction, leading to a stable workforce and improving the economic landscape of Indiana.”
The health sciences pilot program is being launched in partnership with 16 Tech, Center for Leadership Development, Crossroads Education, Indiana University/Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, IU School of Medicine, Ivy Tech and others. Continuation and expansion of the fellowship is dependent upon additional funding from grants that are currently under review.
“Crispus Attucks has a rich history, including introducing students to health care professions while providing a rigorous college preparatory education, and we are thrilled to add to that legacy,” said Crispus Attucks principal Lauren Franklin. “Our students and their success are our top priority, and we are excited to invite IUHealth to join us as we continue to generate the best opportunities possible.”