Special to The Truth
Toledo Public Schools (TPS), in partnership with ProMedica, is proud to announce that renovations are underway on its newest magnet school: the Toledo Pre-Medical and Health Science Academy.
The school will focus on Biomedical Science, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Nursing and all Health Science fields. At the academy, students will have the opportunity upon graduation to begin an entry-level career in the medical field or choose to attend college and further their education.
Using state-of-the-art labs and a hands-on curriculum, the students’ experience will mirror that of professionals’ experience in the medical industry. “Toledo Public Schools is committed to providing multiple pathways to create college and career ready graduates. Through Toledo Pre-Medical and Health Science Academy, we will be able to develop a pipeline from high school to industry that will not only increase the number of health care workers in our community, but will also contribute to the overall workforce and economic development of Toledo,” said Dr. Romules Durant, superintendent and chief executive officer of Toledo Public Schools. “We are grateful to partner with and have our students learn from an organization like ProMedica that leads both locally and nationally in health care, Durant added.
“TPS continues to be innovative and creative, but more importantly, provide opportunity for the youth in the city of Toledo,” Superintendent Romules Durant said. “We are a better place for a medical high school than any other place but the hospital.”
The ProMedica partnership will provide educational opportunities, mentorship, internships and thought leadership to the students and school administration. This will ensure the academy remains innovative and in touch with current and changing job markets.
”Preparing students for a career in the medical field is increasingly more important as a larger percentage of our population grows older,” said Randy Oostra, president and CEO of ProMedica. “Like many parts of our nation, our region faces significant medical professional shortages. Through partnerships and forward-thinking initiatives like the Toledo Pre-Medical and Health Science Academy, we can work to minimize those shortages and help ensure access to clinical excellence in our region for generations to come.”
ProMedica Vice President of Community Relations Kate Sommerfeld said TPS and ProMedica first had conversations about the academy four or five years ago.
“There will be direct opportunities to hear from our physicians, clinicians and operations team in the careers students will hopefully fill,” Sommerfeld said. “It provides opportunities for students, drives economic development and creates a future workforce pipeline that’s so critical for ProMedica today.”
Toledo Pre-Medical and Health Science Academy is currently seeking to fill 72 seats for its initial class of 2026. For more information on enrollment, call 419.671.3400.
“We are able to educate them here so they can work here,” Durant said. “It keeps our talent in the city of Toledo. The opportunities these students have are academic advantages and financial advantages.”