May 17, 2011/Model D Startup News
By Jon Zemke
Midtown Wayne State University has received a $750,000 grant from the Kresge Foundation to expand the Michigan Area Education Center program.
The Michigan Area Education Center is working to recruit and train more students for the health-care workforce. The program focuses on students in economically challenged areas to help alleviate unemployment attract more talent to the rapidly growing industry.
"It's intended to recruit kids in the K-12 into the health-care profession," says Ramona Benkert, associate professor at the College of Nursing at Wayne State University. "It also will help them improve their skill set. The long-term goal is to get these kids into the health-care professions."
The Wayne State University School of Medicine and College of Nursing received the initial federal grant in fall 2010 to establish the program. It is now working with community groups and schools in Metro Detroit to establish a regional career center and begin the outreach portion of the program this year.
Source: Ramona Benkert, associate professor at the College of Nursing at Wayne State University