Hofstra University has entered into an articulation agreement with the Institute for Health Professions at Cambria Heights (IHPCH), a career and technical high school in Queens where students can graduate with qualifications to get a job as an Emergency Medical Technician or a nursing assistant. For those students who want to continue their education past high school, faculty members from Hofstra will be working with IHPCH to ensure that the school’s curriculum aligns with Hofstra’s expectations for incoming freshmen. Hofstra faculty will serve on the school’s advisory board, have input on curriculum, and provide professional development opportunities for IHPCH teachers and staff.
The articulation agreement utilizes the strengths of several different Hofstra schools, including Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the School of Education, the School of Health Sciences and Human Services, and Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine.
Dr. Ronald Bloom, dean of Hofstra’s School of Health Sciences and Human Services, said, “Students from IPHC will have opportunities to attend health fairs and career development events at Hofstra. We hope to identify highly motivated and academically accomplished students to refer to our Medical Scholars Program. In addition to working with students, we would like to explore professional development opportunities for the faculty and staff at IHPC.”
The partnership will additionally provide IHPCH students guest speakers and hands-on experiences in the medical profession through field visits and internships. Hofstra students will serve as mentors to the IHPCH students.
Dr. Sean Fanelli, interim dean of Hofstra’s School of Education, said, “By serving as a partner with IHPCH, we are able to advise its teachers and administrators on curriculum design and implementation as well as provide our own future teachers with a host of field experiences as participant-observers and student teachers. We look forward to a rewarding relationship with the faculty and administration at the school in order to benefit its students.”
Students who graduate from IHPCH and decide to continue their education at Hofstra – or any other institution of higher education – may expect a smooth transition from high school to college, because of the revised curriculum and counseling they will have received.