Students at one Buffalo high school will have a chance to study careers in the medical fields with four new programs that are launching this week.
The city’s Math Science Technology Preparatory School will host the medical career programs that are being paid for by a federal grant that the district received in April.
The programs will prepare students to enter the workforce in jobs such as medical assistant, laboratory technician, health information technology specialist, and environmental facility manager.
“Just the ties to industry will make sure students are employable upon graduation,” said Katherine M. Heinle, who oversees the district’s career programs.
The district originally had planned to launch the grant programs at a new school on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.
The plan was to close what is now the Martin Luther King Jr. Multicultural Institute and reopen it as a school on the Medical Campus. The district received the federal grant to pay for the programs.
But the state rejected that plan, so the district now plans to house the grant programs at MST.
The district is partnering with several organizations, including the Buffalo and Erie County Workforce Investment Board, the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, Erie Community College, Kaleida Health and Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
“All of the programs have been developed so the kids are in constant contact with the Medical Campus,” Heinle said.
“We want to grow it,” she added. “I think our partners are going to be very important in making that happen.”
School Board members were briefed on the program during a committee meeting Wednesday.
Board member Sharon M. Belton-Cottman reinforced the importance of connecting with families and getting them invested in the program.
“I want to make sure that the children take advantage of it, and that may really need doing things a little differently than we have done in that building,” Belton-Cottman said. “I want people to understand that it is not by chance this program is here and they are not to take it for granted.”
Board members also got an update on a plan to launch mental health clinics at a number of Buffalo schools.