A $1.8 million federal grant was recently awarded to five Atlanta public high schools, which will go towards health science career training. The grant will work with the Emory University School of Medicine, Emory College of Arts & Sciences, as well as the Atlanta Area Health Education Center in order to educate and expose interested Atlanta high school students from low income families about careers and opportunities in the healthcare field.
Robert Lee, associate dean and director of multicultural medical student affairs at Emory University School of Medicine, he mentions that, “Nationally, there is a lack of minority and low socio-economic applicants applying to health sciences degree programs. Funding opportunities, such as this one, are vital because they support our ongoing efforts to address the educational barriers and social support needs of high school students and increase their exposure and access to health sciences at a pivotal time in their lives.”
Atlanta movers are excited to see how health care science classes and training can fuel the more underprivileged Atlanta youth, as well as potentially help high school graduation rates and attendance in the schools that need it. If you are moving to Atlanta and your child is in high school, the following public high schools are the ones that were approved to receive the grant:
South Atlanta High School of Health and Medical Sciences
Booker T. Washington
Maynard Holbrook Jackson
The New Schools at Carver
Frederick Douglass High