HERO Students Engage in Innovative Research and Plan for Success

HERO High (Health, Education and Research Occupations) is an Early College and career high school located in the South Bronx. Starting in the 10th grade, HERO students have the opportunity to earn college credits for free through Hostos Community College. HERO students can graduate in six years with both a high school diploma and an associate’s degree in nursing or community health. In addition to offering the opportunity to earn college credits, Hostos professors collaborate with teachers and staff at HERO on high school curriculum. This collaboration between teachers and professors helps to develop college-level academic skills and knowledge among HERO High students. The collaboration also provides opportunities for the professors to engage directly with the students. One such opportunity is the yearly Interdisciplinary Projects Presentations event at HERO.

On January 15th, 9th grade students presented action plans focused on reducing the incidence of chronic diseases among specific populations in the Bronx. Tenth grade HERO students presented evaluations of Bronx-based community initiatives that target chronic diseases. Eleventh grade students gave detailed presentations about their intended career and the steps they need to take to achieve their professional goals. Hostos Community College faculty and staff participated by asking the students questions about their presentations, as well as providing positive and critical feedback.

Participating Hostos faculty and staff included:

Diana Macri, Professor, Dental Hygiene Unit

Edward King, Professor, Nursing

Elizabeth Wilson, Director of School-College Partnerships

Fabian Wander, Director of the Health and Wellness Center

Gino Guerrero, Professor, Mathematics

Julie Trachman, Professor and Coordinator, Natural Sciences

Marsha Milan-Bethel, Campus Coordinator, Strive 4 Success Program

Michael Gosset, Professor and Coordinator, Physical Education Department

Ruben Worrell, Adjunct Lecturer, Mathematics

Sage Sevilla, Professor, Behavioral Sciences

Sarah Brennan, Executive Associate to Provost and Vice President

Sarah Hoiland, Professor, Behavioral Sciences

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