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Rush, Malcolm X College strengthen partnership as part of city program

Tuesday May 1, 2012
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Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, is providing resources from equipment donations to clinical rotations in nursing and guest lecturers to nearby Malcolm X College in support of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s new College to Careers program.

Rush, which has partnered with MXC and the City Colleges of Chicago since 2008, is helping train students for jobs in the health sciences that are a unfilled because of a skills gap.

The new agreement allows MXC students to gain valuable experience at Rush through clinical rotations, career ladder programs and other initiatives that already had been in place.

"City Colleges are key to Chicago’s economic viability," Larry Goodman, MD, CEO of Rush University Medical Center, said in a news release. "This initiative is crucial not only because it will help ensure a pipeline of qualified workers in the health and medical field, but because we must all contribute as corporate citizens to ensure that Chicago is a winner as more cities and countries vie for relevance in the world economy."

MXC students will receive hands-on learning at the cadaver lab at Rush and have an opportunity to participate in clinical rotations in nursing, radiology, respiratory care, surgical technology and emergency medicine.

"We are excited about the real-world experience our students will gain by learning from Rush staff and getting hands-on experience in Rush’s top-notch facilities, working with state-of-the-art technologies," City Colleges Chancellor Cheryl L. Hyman said. "Their generous partnership will ensure our graduates are prepared for jobs in the high growth healthcare industry."

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