Building a Healthier Workforce

The ultimate goal of this unique program is to give students interested in the fields of health science and technology preparation for their college education, as well as a jumpstart on a rewarding career in the fastest-growing industry in West Michigan.

The program focus is to expose students to the following careers:

  • Nursing
  • Physician
  • Physical TherapyHST InnovCentral LOGO
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech Pathology
  • Pharmacist
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Reparatory Therapy
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Billing and Coding
  • Others by request

A Firsthand Look at the World of Health Care

Students enrolled at the Academy of Health Sciences & Technology will connect to the real workplace through a variety of activities and opportunities, collaborating with top rated education and health care organizations.  Through an interactive environment, participants will discover firsthand the challenging and exciting world of health science and technology.

Workplace experiences may include:

  • Mentoring
  • Job shadowing and observations
  • Internships
  • Service learning
  • Tours
  • Career fairs and speakers
  • Employment

Through the courses students are exposed to:

  • Anatomy/Physiology
  • Biometric screening
  • CPR certification
  • Biomedical Science
  • Medical interventions
  • Fitness
  • Medical Terminology
  • Medical Ethics
  • Forensic Science

Below are a few of the educational tracks that students can choose from:

  • Life EMS training to prepare students to take the EMT certification
  • Kent ISD
    • KCTC to prepare students to take the CNA or Pharmacy Technician certification
    • Early College Academy to allow students to earn up to 14 college credits
    • Medical Explorers to provide more in-depth job shadow opportunities

Benefiting Students

Students benefit by:

  • Developing academic and future career skills by exposure to a health sciences curriculum
  • Examining career interests, goals and abilities
  • Learning about the vast range of health careers within their chosen pathway
  • Valuing education as a lifelong process
  • Gaining knowledge through observing and interacting

The Community benefits by:

  • Contributing to the growth of a life sciences corridor in Grand Rapids
  • Investing in the economic health of our community
  • Readying a more viable and experienced workforce
  • Diversifying their workforce, gaining opportunities for early recruitment of potential employees, and enhancing creativity and innovation in their workplaces
  • Sharing their expertise and helping to fuel ongoing interest in the field of health care


Thanks to Spectrum Health for financial and staff support.

Also, thanks to the following organizations for their ongoing support:

  • Back In Motion
  • Davenport University
  • Ferris State University
  • Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Grand Rapids Community College
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Life EMS
  • Michigan State University
  • Priority Health
  • Van Andel Research Institute
  • Western Michigan University