Health sciences education program with Huntsville City Schools
Huntsville City Schools and Huntsville Hospital will align efforts to develop and administer an extensive health sciences education program. Through the partnership, Huntsville City Schools’ students will be able to participate in clinical or hospital project-based learning opportunities, educational laboratories, and internships. The District and the Hospital will develop health science related curriculum and instruction that will involve teaching engagements from experts from the medical field such as doctors, nurses, therapists, and specialists.
This venture will enhance opportunities for Huntsville City Schools’ students to learn more about the healthcare industry and medical profession. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, healthcare occupations will grow by nearly 20% between now and 2024. Huntsville Hospital is one of the largest employers in the area, with a workforce of over 7,000.
“I am excited for the career-path opportunities this partnership will provide to our students,” said Superintendent, Dr. Casey Wardynski. “The collaboration will expose students to project-based, practical application relevant to the healthcare industry and the medical professional, while developing the Hospital’s future prospective workforce.”
“We will work with the Huntsville City Schools to develop a challenging curriculum to attract and prepare students for a health sciences career. The demand for quality healthcare workers exceeds the supply, so we hope to be educating some future employees,” said Huntsville Hospital Health System CEO, David Spillers.
The new agreement will also provide uniformity for needed sports medicine requirements for the District that will enhance the many services for our student athletes, as well as coaches and staff.
"The Orthopaedic Center is pleased to continue our relationship supporting youth sports in our city schools. The opportunity to showcase the many career choices in orthopaedic and sports medicine will be valuable to students in the Huntsville City Schools," said TOC Administrator Jeff Hamilton.