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October 10, 2016 (Cleveland, Ohio)

Crain’s Features Student Options Available through The Center

Crain's LogoOn Sunday, Oct. 9, Crain’s Cleveland published an article discussing new student options available through The Center for Health Affairs’ online tool, prep2practice™. Available this fall, prep2practice works with businesses and schools to match students with real-life experiences in healthcare, advanced manufacturing, IT, engineering, construction, creative industries and more. The Center created this tool to help strengthen the future workforce in Northeast Ohio and beyond.

In the piece, “[The] Center for Health Affairs' initiative is adding to students' options,” Patricia Cirillo, PhD, vice president of initiatives and analytics, stresses the importance of helping students figure out what industries or careers they'd like to learn more about. “Once the students are on this website, we want them to be able to do all sorts of career exploration activities — not just literally go to a location, although we think that's the best thing a kid can do. There's no substitute for that,” Cirillo said.

Although most of The Center’s work is in the healthcare industry, student options will be available in different sectors. Cirillo said the response from businesses and the counterpart associations in other industries, has been quite enthusiastic. “The software can eliminate a lot of the drudgery of coordinating job shadowing by taking down the administrative roadblock,” said Cirillo.

To read the full Crain’s Cleveland piece on how The Center is providing new student options, log in here.

prep2practice experiences are being created now and will be available this fall. If you are a student, school or business interested in prep2practice, contact us today.


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