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November 21, 2012

MISSOULA –

Ninety freshman students of Big Sky High School’s Health Science Academy will participate in a hands-on tour of three departments within The University of Montana College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences and will visit Curry Health Center on Friday, Nov. 30.

Student teams will have the opportunity to work with a state-of-the-art computerized simulation mannequin in the Skaggs School of Pharmacy, examine fruit fly brain tissues in the histology department, and be introduced to customary practices of direct patient care at the UM Physical Therapy New Directions Wellness Center and Curry Health Center. In accordance with Health Science Academy curriculum, UM department representatives will highlight academic preparation necessary for employment in the health care fields.

The mission of the Big Sky High School Health Science Academy is to provide students with an intellectually challenging and relevant education in a small, supportive environment. Every student enrolled will complete high school with the knowledge and skills to be successful in a post-secondary educational program. The academy’s teachers and administrators work with parents and community partners to develop opportunities through which students can become exceptional and well-rounded scholars and citizens. The curriculum is college-preparatory with a focus on careers in the medical health sciences and in veterinary/animal science.

The tour is coordinated by Western Montana Area Health Education Center at UM, which is a member of the Missoula Chamber Workforce, Development and Education committee – a consortium of business, health care and community members dedicated to supporting the Big Sky High School Health Science Academy.

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Contact: Martha Robertson, program coordinator, Western Montana Area Health Education Center at UM, 406-243-4746, martha.robertson@umontana.edu.