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PARTNERSHIPS THAT WORK! Henry Ford Community College Dearborn, Michigan Dr. William Barber, VP of Academic Affairs for Career & Technical Programs Katherine Howe, Dean of Nursing Ronald Bodurka, Dean of Health Careers Partnerships That Work! Accelerated Nursing Program

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partnerships that work

Henry Ford Community College

Dearborn, Michigan

Dr. William Barber, VP of Academic Affairs for Career & Technical Programs

Katherine Howe, Dean of Nursing

Ronald Bodurka, Dean of Health Careers

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Partnerships That Work!

Accelerated Nursing Program

  • Henry Ford Community College
  • Henry Ford Health System

Henry Ford Early College

  • Henry Ford Community College
  • Henry Ford Health System
  • Dearborn Public Schools
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Partnerships That Work!

Keys to Success:

  • Success of program over parochial interests of institutions
  • Shared Vision
  • Communication
  • Deal with problems, both big and small
  • Sensitivity to each institutions culture
accelerated nursing program

Accelerated Nursing Program

Blending of Two Cultures

hfcc hfhs accelerated nursing curriculum
HFCC/HFHS Accelerated Nursing Curriculum
  • Response to shortage of nurses
  • Accelerated curriculum
  • Unique opportunity for hospital employees
  • Maintain benefits and go to school
  • All expenses with payback requirement
  • AAS degree program at their hospital
college issues
College Issues
  • BON Approval Requirements
  • NLNAC Accreditation Requirements
  • Required Faculty Credentials
  • Union Contract Issues
  • School Policies
  • Management of Papers
  • College Intranet Access
hospital issues
Hospital Issues
  • Security/Parking Access Issues
  • Room Management Issues
  • Dress Code Issues
  • Employee Job Descriptions
  • Payment Issues- Detroit Taxes
  • Employee Work Hours/Benefits
  • Employee Re-Payment Issues
logistical issues
Logistical Issues

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  • Keeping Student Issues Separate
  • Housing of Student Files
  • Office/Lab Staff Availability
  • Student Access to Support Services
  • Attrition Issues
  • Faculty Mileage Issue
  • Ownership of Supplies/Equipment
keys to success
Keys To Success
  • Overall Commitment to Program Success
  • Consistent Scheduling
  • Clear Delineation of Responsibilities
  • Know Boundaries- Student or Employee
  • Communication Is Vital
how successful
How Successful?
  • Approximately 150 graduates over three years
  • First two cohorts funded by a grant
  • Third cohort self-funded by hospital
  • Current benchmark program in state
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Partnerships that Work
  • A large medical system with multiple hospitals and outpatient clinics.
  • Having difficulty recruiting a quality technical staff
  • New hospital being proposed
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Partnerships that Work
  • The medical center is located in an urban center
  • The area has been in economic decline for a number of years
  • High unemployment rates
  • Public school system graduating only 25 to 37% of their students
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Partnerships that Work


  • Where will the clinical workforce for the future be found?
  • Is there a way to help prepare the students from surrounding communities for these jobs?
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Partnerships that Work
  • Henry Ford Early College is a strategic alliance borne of a workforce need and to meet a social concerns by multiple parties.
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Henry Ford Early College
  • Five year program
  • Receive High School Diploma: Granted by Dearborn Public Schools
  • Receive Associate Degree, Certificate, or substantial progress toward attainment thereof: Granted by HFCC
  • Employment opportunity at Henry Ford Hospital upon graduation
  • Small school learning environment
  • Mentors for every student
  • College courses start in 10th grade
  • Power of site – adult learning environment forces rate of maturation
  • Started with 50 students in first year
  • Build to 300-400 students
curriculum development
Curriculum Development
  • Primary focus centered on
    • State high school graduation requirements
    • College graduation criteria
    • Health career certification/licensure preparation
  • Curriculum plans available for ten health programs
student time
Student Time
  • Monday – Thursday at Henry Ford Community College – Dearborn Heights Campus
  • Science laboratories at HFHS
  • Fridays at Henry Ford Health System
henry ford early college career options
Respiratory Therapist

Physical Therapist Assistant

Pharmacy Technician

Surgical Technologist


Medical Practice Clinical Management

Medical Practice/Facility Business Management

Ophthalmic Tech


Henry Ford Early College Career Options
student profile
Student Profile
  • Earn A’s, B’s or C’s
  • Have had few, if any disciplinary problems in school
  • Have an interest in a health related career
  • Are willing to emphasize academics over extracurricular activities found in the traditional high school
student demographics
Student Demographics
  • Currently 116 students enrolled
  • 45% from Dearborn Public Schools
  • 55% from 13 other Wayne County School Systems
  • 70% female; 30% male
  • Ethnically and racially diverse
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Henry Ford Early College
  • National Middle College Consortium membership
  • Gates Foundation grant funding
the middle college early college model
The Middle College-Early College Model
  • Community collaborations between school districts and colleges, parent and business representatives.
  • Make college attainable, reduce repetition in the curriculum, yield coordinated student services and eliminate the need for remediation.
national middle college consortium conditions for funding
National Middle College Consortium Conditions for Funding
  • College Locations — located on college campuses.
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National Middle College Consortium Conditions for Funding
  • Small Enrollments —small student enrollments of no more than 100 students per grade, beginning grade 9
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National Middle College Consortium Conditions for Funding
  • A Five Year Academic Plan — academic plan that offers a combination of high school and college classes that culminates in a Associates Degree or up to 60 transferable college credits.

22586 Ann Arbor Trail

Dearborn Heights, MI 48127

Paul Smith, Principal

(313) 317-1588

One Ford Place, Suite 5F

Detroit, MI 48202

Contact: Marva Brooks

(313) 874-5447

5101 Evergreen Rd

Dearborn, MI 48128

Contact: Cyndi Sheuer

(313) 317-6575

18700 Audette

Dearborn, MI 48124

Contact: Paul Smith

(313) 317-1588