Health organizations give MPS students a close look at jobs

 MILWAUKEE — More than a dozen health care employers will give more than 200 Milwaukee Public Schools students a close-up look at careers in the field Wednesday at the second annual MPS Health Science Career Fair.  MPS’ South Division High School, 1515 W. Lapham Boulevard, will host the event.  It runs from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18.

The event comes at a time when eight of the 10 fastest-growing occupations in Wisconsin are tied to health care, according to the state Department of Workforce Development (http://worknet.wisconsin.gov/worknet/joblist_highgrow.aspx?menuselection=js).

South Division is one of six MPS high schools that have implemented the Biomedical Sciences program developed by Project Lead The Way (PLTW). MPS has been involved in the PLTW pre-engineering program for eight years.  Early indications are that the Biomedical Sciences program is increasing students’ interest in school, in the health care fields and is positively impacting student learning. Students can take other health career courses and earn certificates while in high school in Pharmacy Technician or Certified Nursing Assistant. Some MPS students work part-time as Pharmacy Techs or CNAs at local hospitals and care centers. Students can also take courses in Emergency Medical Response, Multi-Skill Medical Assistant and other areas.

Participating organizations for Wednesday’s career fair include: Aurora Health Care, Froedtert Health, the Healthcare Training Institute, the Medical College of Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Area Health Education Center, Stowell Associates, the TRIUMPH Program at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Department of Biomedical Science, UWM’s Zilber School of Public Health and Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare.