Adtalem Global Education: Foundation Partners with Children First Fund to Support Educational Pathways to Health Sciences

Adtalem Global Education Foundation Partners with Children First Fund to Support Educational Pathways to Health Sciences

CHICAGO – May 31, 2022 -The Adtalem Foundation for Global Education announced a partnership with the Children First Fund (CFF), the founding branch of Chicago Public Schools (CPS), to bring cutting-edge health science technology and curriculum to CPS classrooms.

This partnership aims to give CPS students the opportunity to master health science content and skills through hands-on training with accredited Career and Technical Education (CTE) teachers beginning in their second year. Students will learn skills such as taking blood pressure, interpreting diagnostic images, conducting blood typing labs, and more. This grant also provides funds and resources for the professional development and training of accredited CTE teachers.

$50,000 grant from the Adtalem Global Education Foundation supports the CPS CTE pathway in health sciences and brings pilot on-station health sciences labs to two public high schools in Chicago, Theodore Roosevelt High School and South Shore International College Preparatory High School (SSCIP). These labs offer immersive virtual reality, allowing students to dissect, manipulate and explore virtual models of human anatomy. The grant also assists in the creation of a new health sciences curriculum using applicable data from published resources and strategic inputs from teachers and the district CTE curriculum specialist.

“Expanding access to education is at the heart of Adtalem’s mission. Through our partnership with the Children First Fund, we are opening pathways to health science careers for Chicago students from diverse backgrounds,” said Steve Beard, President and CEO of Adtalem Global Education, headquartered in Chicago. “For students interested in pursuing a medical or nursing career, these health science stations give students a head start on college prep and even allow access to certain certifications while they’re still in high school. .”

Technology from the CTE Health Science lab puts students “in charge of their learning environment and how they interact with content. Complex content feels less abstract when it literally pops off the screen,” said Beth Heckinger , CPS Early College and Career Curriculum specialist. “Augmented Reality/VR not only is engaging, but it also reinforces technology proficiency so that our students are better prepared to become healthcare professionals ready to embrace emerging equipment and technology-based systems.”

Using the lab’s virtual reality and augmented reality technology, Dr. Felix Egharevba, CTE Medical Program teacher at CPS South Shore International College Prep, notes that it “makes students fearless – they take informed risks and learn from their mistakes without the stress and cost of restarting a physical experience.”

The Health Sciences Laboratories and Program piloted with Adtalem’s support provide a foundation to scale this model of high-quality CTE in the health sciences and to advance equity in science, technology, and education. engineering and mathematics (STEM).

“Engaging students in authentic, hands-on learning experiences is key to engaging more of our young people from underrepresented backgrounds in STEM fields,” said Sadie Stockdale Jefferson, Executive Director of Children First Fund. “This partnership advances equity for CPS students by expanding access to cutting-edge technology and exploring careers in high school health.”

The CPS Office of Early Childhood and Vocational Education ultimately aims to provide different types of unique technology for the 19 CPS schools with CTE programs in health sciences, allowing students of these CTE programs to visit different schools and meet different technologies, and give lessons for their peers.

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About Children First Fund: The Chicago Public Schools Foundation
The Children First Fund is the philanthropic and partnership arm of Chicago Public Schools (CPS). It serves as a knowledge center and liaison between CPS and its community of partners, securing and organizing resources that advance CPS’s mission to provide a high-quality public education that prepares every child in every neighborhood to succeed in college. , in his career and in civic life. For more information, please visit or find us on social media @ChiFirstFund.

About the Adtalem Global Education Foundation
Founded in 2010, the Adtalem Global Education Foundation is organized to support charitable, educational and research purposes. The only member of the Foundation is Adtalem Global Education. The Foundation’s activities reflect commitment to the following strategic areas: investing to expand access to education, jobs and careers; support the development of the communities where we live and work; and combating inequalities and encouraging civic engagement. Visit the Adtalem Foundation for Global Education for more information or to apply for funding.

About Adtalem Global Education
Adtalem Global Education (NYSE: ATGE) is a leading healthcare educator and professional talent provider for the healthcare industry. With a focus on delivering strong outcomes that increase workforce readiness, Adtalem empowers a diverse population of learners to achieve their goals and make inspiring contributions to their communities. Adtalem is the parent organization of the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, Chamberlain University, Ross University School of Medicine, Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and Walden University. Adtalem and its institutions have over 10,000 employees and a network of over 275,000 alumni. Adtalem was named one of America’s Most Responsible Companies 2021 by Newsweek and one of America’s Best Diversity Employers 2022 by Forbes. Follow Adtalem on Twitter @adtalemglobal, LinkedIn or visit for more information.