Exploring Pathways and Preparing for the Future
Our high school programs work to expose students to the variety of opportunities within STEM and healthcare through classroom education, technical certifications, and interships. Our programs teach foundational skills for entering the workforce and help students make logical and financially healthy choices for better college plans and readiness.
Making a Difference
These opportunities are available for students who live and attend schools in the West Side communities we serve, with the goal of providing education outreach and opportunities to underserved and under-resourced communities. High quality STEM and healthcare curriculum partnered with hands-on learning and dedicated STEM mentors is necessary to inspire students between the age of 14 - 18 and prepare them for future school and career challenges.
The MedSTEM Program is an intensive academic enrichment program designed to introduce teens to a variety of STEM and healthcare careers, strengthen academic preparation, and develop leadership skills. Students will engage in hands-on learning to strengthen communication, teamwork, critical thinking, and problem solving skills. In addition to developing skills for higher education and career, students will have the opportunity to earn industry-recognized credentials.
MedSTEM Explorers is a paid enrichment program for rising high school sophomores and juniors. There is one, 6-week summer session in which students attend classes at Rush University Medical Center exploring various STEM and healthcare careers, developing workforce skills, and researching real-world issues that affect their Chicago communities.
MedSTEM Pathways is a paid internship program for rising high school juniors through recent high school graduates. There are three sessions: Summer, Fall, and Spring. Students will spend up to 12 hours per week gaining work-based learning skills while interning in departments throughout Rush University Medical Center and several other partner organizations. During the summer session, students also spend one day per week strengthening college readiness and life skills through academic and professional development classes.
SAT Fundamentals Course
The Rush Education and Career Hub is teaming up with Princeton Review to provide the class of 2021 with the tips and strategies you need to advance your SAT Scores in our SAT Fundamentals Course hosted at Rush University Medical Center. Princeton Review-certified instructors will lead these classes in content and test-taking strategies for each section of the test, so you know exactly how to tackle each question. No matter the topic—math, reading, or both—this course provides the tools you need.
The first 30 students to take advantage of an 18-hour instructional course will be attending classes on Thursdays between 4:00pm – 6:30pm to give each student optimum time to work on your goals to increase your SAT Score. You will be provided with study preparation books and workbooks, unlimited access to the online self-paced session and practice questions, as well as three, proctored practice exams that will be used to track your progress and allow Princeton Review to provide a customized study plan for you and your instructor. This course is FREE for all students who sign-up.
Students must be able to commit to the schedule provided. More Information for 2021 session coming soon.
RU Ready Writing & Study Center
The RU Ready Writing and Study Center is a virtual space for Chicago high school teens to develop effective writing skills and processes. We seek to equip student writers with dedicated volunteers for one-on-one online appointments and virtual skills training sessions to assist students with their writing of their unique ideas.
Open Appointment Session and Workshops are typically throughout the CPS school year.
Writing & Study Virtual Improvement Sessions
In one-on-one, thirty-minute sessions, we pair Rush staff and student volunteers with students from around the city to discuss and collaborate on their writing at any stage in the writing process, offering specific feedback and suggesting relevant techniques that equip writers to improve their writing.
- Essay Brainstorming
- Application Assistance
- Resume and Cover Letter Writing
- Essay Review and Feedback
- Exam Study Sessions
- and more
Professional Development Workshops
Dedicated REACH Staff work hard to provide high school teens with interactive virtual workshops - live and recorded - to help teens learn about different aspects of the workforce. We focus on the critical core competencies and transferable workforce skills required to succeed in today’s business and healthcare environments for youth workers.
- Professional Branding
- Tips for Resume and Cover Letter Writing
- Tips for Virtual and In-Person Interviews
- Communication in the Workforce
- and more