Health & Fitness
Students learn about health care
thanks to Beaumont partnership.
"I JUST DECIDED THAT
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Rep. Sander Levin; John Almstadt, director, Oakland County Michigan Works;
Lori Fidler, executive director, Oak Park Business & Education Alliance; Linda
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Kruso; Brandon Woods
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. S. Rep. Sander Levin,
D-Royal Oak, visited a
Workforce Investment Act
Summer Youth Training Program
organized by Oakland Michigan
Works in partnership with Beaumont
Hospital on June 30.
Nineteen Oak Park students are
engaged in a variety of work activi-
ties at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak,
ranging from physical therapy and
nursing to central processing and
inventory. The students previously
participated in a student mentorship
program between Beaumont and Oak
Park High School. They now are paid
to receive hands-on training in the
health care field.
"The Summer Youth Program is one
of the more important aspects of our
economic recovery:' said Levin. "The
importance is to track money voted
on in Washington to see how it really
matters. This is a perfect example of
how money can be well used."
Student Brandon Woods said, "The
program is a "great opportunity to
work with patients, get in the field,
know what the future holds for me."
Woods, a recent Oak Park High
School graduate, will study physi-
cal therapy at Central Michigan
University in Mt. Pleasant this fall.
"You who are in this training pro-
gram are the wave of the future Levin
told the students. "There was some
debate in Washington on the value of
the economic recovery and reinvest-
ment — whether you know it or not,
you're the reinvestment. We're invest-
ing our resources in your future."
Linda Kruso, director of workforce
planning for Beaumont Hospitals,
said: "In addition to the jobs, wages
and salaries it will provide to the
individuals who participate, the
program will ensure families in the
community will have access to the
best health care from well-trained
professionals to take care of them
when they are in need."
The American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act (ARRA) provided
$1.2 billion for Workforce Investment
Act Summer Youth Training Programs
nationwide. Michigan received $74
million. Of the state total, Oakland
County got $4.9 million. The allo-
cation from the ARRA more than
doubles the Workforce Investment
Act youth training funds available to
Michigan this year.
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