Pioneering Career Pathways with Henry Ford


Ideal and Holy Redeemer engaged Henry Ford Health and CHASS as healthcare partners to create a K-through career pathway for the Corner of Excellence, which consists of Holy Redeemer Grade School and Detroit Cristo Rey High School. The goal of the partnership is to develop healthcare career pathways to help community residents develop family-sustaining and rewarding careers in the healthcare industry.

The work starts at Holy Redeemer to get students interested and aware of the opportunities present in the healthcare system. As students move on to Detroit Cristo Rey High School, they are provided with excellent career exploration opportunities, including work-study programs and dual enrollment at the University of Detroit Mercy.

Ideal Contracting recently worked with Holy Redeemer Grade School to convert an existing classroom into a new medical room, referred to as the “Hospital Room” by the students. This new teaching environment helps students get engaged in the healthcare industry by providing a hands-on learning environment. Professionals from multiple healthcare systems come in and present to the students about different career paths and demonstrate medical practices.

We look forward to continuing the development of this career pathway with Henry Ford Health and our community partners so that every student has the opportunity to build the career they want.

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