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Pilot project aims to get Cherokee students interested in healthcare and technology careers

June 15, 2007

Wake Forest University has partnered with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and Western Carolina University to create a summer program aimed at getting Cherokee high school students interested in healthcare and technology careers.  In preparation for next summer’s launch of the program, tribal leaders, nurses and administrators will experience the program firsthand June 17 – 20.  They will learn how to use mobile computing and communications equipment and will see how problem-based learning works by following students at the Downtown Middle School as they first analyze a healthcare problem, then travel to Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center labs to test their conclusions with hands-on activities.

"The focus is really on enhancing the ability of the tribal nation to channel their young people into careers involving health and technology,” says Nancy Crouch, assistant chief information officer of information systems at Wake Forest University.  The overall goal is to enhance the health of the tribe in a culturally appropriate manner.

All activities of the Medical Careers and Technologies seminar are open to the media.  A schedule is attached.  There are several good visual opportunities throughout the week.  For additional information, contact Professor of Humanities and seminar organizer Ulrike Wiethaus at 336-758-7169 or 336-969-4923. 

Press Contacts:

Audrey Fannin
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

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