Organization name: Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS)

Program Type

Academic programs
Work-based learning programs

Ages Served:

12-18 Years


Brief Program Summary: The IU Health Fellowship at Crispus Attucks High School introduces and prepares students for careers in the health-care industry. IPS and IU Health have partnered to expand and enhance high quality career pathways to jobs in healthcare by designing a healthcare-focused curriculum and fellowship for Crispus Attucks students. Upon graduation, students who have completed the fellowship will be offered a job with IU Health (the largest healthcare provider and employer in the state of Indiana) as a medical assistant or patient care tech. IU Health will provide tuition assistance so students can earn a two-year and/or four-year degree, depending on their career aspirations, and is committed to providing its employees with internal pathways, so team members have ample opportunity to further their academic and professional career(s).
Success Metrics: The Fellowship is a three-year program that prepares students to become a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (MA) – Out-Patient Focus, or a Patient Care Technician/Assistant (PCA) – In Patient Focus. Throughout the fellowship, students will focus on learning about the health-care industry and the multiple employment opportunities the industry provides. The students’ high school experience includes an overview of health-care delivery systems, health-care teams, as well as legal and ethical considerations. Students will also obtain the knowledge, skills and aptitude needed to provide basic care in a variety of health-care settings. Specifically, students will earn: Seven industry-recognized certifications, including an entry-level CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) certification to work as a nursing assistant in health-care facilities while in high school; The NHA certification in either MA or PCA; Participate in several Work-Based Learning (WBL) experiences, including two paid internships, clinical experiences in acute-care settings, and clinical experiences at long-term care facilities; Earn 29 dual credits to Ivy Tech, aligning with an associate degree in the school’s Healthcare Specialist program; Participate in various extracurricular programming designed to build their employability and leaderships skills; Learn skills in patient care, treatment, anatomy, physiology, diagnosis and preventative care; Earn a Core 40 with Technical Honors Diploma.


Number Served & Racial Distribution:

Total Number of Individuals Annually Served


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Hispanic or Latinos Annually Served


Geographic Scope:

− Central Indiana Counties: Marion
− Additional/Other Areas of Focus: Partnership with Crispus Attucks


Annual Operating Cost: $275,000
Initial Start-Up Cost: Initial costs were minimal as we only spent money on the announcement event.

Contact Information

Organization Name: Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS)
Website: https://myips.org/
Respondents Name: Jennifer O’Shea
Email: osheaj@myips.org
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