Wayne State University

Meeting the neighbors

Detroit-area students and residents had an opportunity to learn more about EACPHS and its programs during the second Community Apple Days, which was held Nov. 11, 2015. The event was modeled after the successful Apple Days program, which previously invited local middle and high school students to the college to take part in a series of five or six 45-minute interactive experiences throughout the college’s various degree programs. In 2013, Apple Days was opened to the community to meet the needs of adults looking to continue their education and pursue degrees in health care.

“One of the main reasons we wanted to open it up is because we know that there are second-career students, people looking to make a career change and family members who’ve put their careers on hold,” said Assistant Dean of Student Affairs Mary Clark. “We wanted this to be a chance to expose those individuals to new career opportunities in health care as well.”

During Community Apple Days, attendees spoke with professors and current students from all disciplines in EACPHS. They learned more about each program and participated in hands-on activities that allowed them to gain a firsthand look at what to expect as a student of the college. Representatives from offices throughout WSU — including admissions, financial aid, advising and others — were also available to talk with prospective students.

Community Apple Days drew more than 600 attendees from more than 20 local high schools this year. The college partnered with the C2 Pipeline Program to bring local students to the event. Several churches and other community organizations were also invited.

“This event included a great number of high school students, who we hope will become future Wayne State students. The goal is to expose as many people as possible to the numerous health career opportunities,” said Clark. ”We also showcased the college to family members who took advantage of the available transportation.” 

Photos: (top) Students from Michigan Collegiate High School were among the more than 600 participants who came to Community Apple Days to learn about careers in health care. (Middle) Radiologic technology program students talk to high schoolers about anatomy and careers. (Bottom) Student takes a balance test conducted by a student in the occupational therapy program.