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Graduation for first cohort of HUSD biomedical science students
Posted 6/3/19

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Hayward, CA—Forty-nine students from two high schools in the Hayward Unified School District became the first cohort of students to complete the Biomedical Science Pathway program. At a senior recognition commencement ceremony at Hayward City Hall on Thursday, May 31, student speakers addressed their families, peers, and teachers and shared their post graduation plans.


Tennyson and Hayward high schools launched the program four years ago in partnership with Eden Area ROP and the Hayward Chamber of Commerce as part of the California Pathways grant. The Biomedical Sciences Pathway is supported by Project Lead the Way and is recognized by the University of California and California State University systems as meeting the "D" lab science requirement. Pathway students are exposed to career exploration in the field of biomedical sciences, engage in project-based curriculum, and integrate core curriculum into their career classes. Teachers collaborate with Pathway staff to support the academic success of Pathway students.


The Pathway class experience exposes students to "real-world" experiences including guest speakers, field trips, and internships through work-based learning opportunities. Community partners include St. Rose Hospital, the Hayward Police Department, the Institute for STEM Education at Cal State East Bay, Baxter International, Life Chiropractic College West, Illumina, RefleXion Medical, and Sutter Health, among others.


Students enroll in courses over four years of high school and the academic content ranges from studying the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases to the examination of body systems. Additionally, many students participate in a robust summer internship program at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center-Sutter Health. This program exposes students to many health career paths through a career activities class (which earns students Merritt College credit), a leadership development series, and community service opportunities. Students who rank high on the final exam are placed in an eight-week hospital internship in the emergency room, neurology and surgery department, intensive care unit, labor and delivery room, or physical therapy department.


Hayward High student, Noah Gonzalez, interned at Eden Medical Center’s emergency room. He shared an experience of being hired on the spot for a job after sharing his biomedical summer internship experience with a hiring manager. Mr. Gonzalez will be attending UC San Diego in the fall. Vy Lu, a Tennyson High School Biomedical Pathway student, ranked number one in the Youth Bridge Career Development program, which serves the East Bay region. That recognition has earned her the opportunity to have first choice at whatever hospital department she would like to intern in at next year.


The first cohort to graduate from the program is now headed to the next stage of their educational career, with most continuing on a path toward a medical career. Many are transitioning to universities such as UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Santa Barbara, University of Texas in San Antonio, Cal State East Bay, Chabot College, and the University of Hawaii at Manoa to pursue their dreams of working in the medical field.


Learn more about the Biomedical Science Pathway HERE.