During a student tour of the Daniel and Pamella DeVos Center for
Interprofessional Health, Katie Branch, director of Simulation, points
to overhead lights in the Operating Room Simulation lab.
Alicia Davis, associate professor and director of allied health
sciences, gives a presentation for a group of Detroit high school
students who are touring the DCIH building on the Health Campus.
A student in the Collaborative Practice Lab touches an interactive
wall programmed to look like a city at night.
Twenty Detroit area high school students toured Grand Valley's Pew
Grand Rapids and Health campuses October 20 as part of the Pathway to
GVSU program, which is designed to close equity gaps in college admissions.
As eighth graders at Detroit Achievement Academy, these students
learned in June they qualified for the Grand Valley program,
which encourages college enrollment for students and will assist with
their success upon admission. The Pathway to GVSU program aligns with
the Grand Valley Pledge,
which awards full undergraduate tuition (renewable for four years) to
students in six Michigan counties who are from families with incomes
less than $50,000.
The former DAA students now attend various metro Detroit area high
schools; DAA is a K-8 charter school authorized by Grand Valley.
At the Daniel and Pamella DeVos Center for Interprofessional Health,
students toured various immersive lab rooms and learned how to create
mock cuts and bruises from moulage, and take the pulse and breath
rates of a high-fidelity mannequin.
Justin Hendon was unsure of what field he would like to study in
college but said the trip to Grand Valley was very worthwhile.
"I want to get as much information about careers as I can;
coming on this trip was a wonderful experience," Hendon said.
B. Donta Truss, vice president for Enrollment Development and
Educational Outreach, talked with students at the end of their tour
and called them part of the Grand Valley family. He initially met
these students in June, when he
made the surprise announcement about the pathway program during
their eighth-grade promotion ceremony.
"I want students at the Detroit Achievement Academy to know we
plan to stand by our commitment," Truss said. "We want them
to be properly prepared for their journey and their overall success.
Their path to greatness goes through Grand Valley."