College and Department Awards and Achievements

HFCC's Medical Office Assistant program received re-accreditation from the American Association of Medical Assistants Endowment in 2006.

Employer satisfaction with Surgical Technology program graduates is consistently high.

The Health Careers Division has strong ties to the high school programs in this region. We have specific articulation agreements with a number of high school health occupation programs. Faculty serve on a number of advisory committees for Dearborn Public Schools. For the past five years, the Health Careers Division has hosted the regional competition event for the Health Occupation Students of America. (HOSA). More than 300 high school students in health related programs spend a day at HFCC in various competition events related to health care.

Members of the Mirror News staff attended the Annual Michigan Community College Press Association (MCCPA) Conference on April 17, 2004 in Mt. Pleasant, MI. The following awards were presented to the Mirror News: Analysis Awards: First Place: Chris O’Loughlin, Staff Writer for his article Imprisoned in a Falling Educational System. Also, Honorable Mention: Seyed Farshid Bozorgnia, Layout Editor for his article The Hidden Faces of Women. Analysis articles are reviews of news events in which a writer uses knowledge based on extensive research to analyze to clarify issues.

HFCC's Virtual Theatre Production of "The Tempest" was the first of it's kind in the United States.

The Pharmacy Technician program continues to maintain outstanding placement rates.

Job placement rates for HFCC graduates from the Physical Therapist Assistant, Respiratory Therapy and Surgical Technology programs continue to sizzle at nearly 100% in 2004.

Since 2001, the HFCC Emergency Medical Services program has cooperatively worked with the Dearborn Fire Department on the department’s Continuous Quality Improvement assessments and in Continuing Education for all EMS personnel. HFCC reports to the Wayne County Medical Control Authority on behalf of the DFD.

HFCC in partnership with Henry Ford Hospital System has won a 2008 Michigan Health Council Award for Education and Training for our innovative Accelerated Nursing Program. The Health Council award recognizes outstanding programs from Michigan employers and educational institutions. Awards fall in one of four areas: Regional Collaborations, Workforce Retention, Workforce Recruitment, and Education & Training. The HFCC\HFHS Accelerated Nursing Program was one of three winners in the Education and Training area. Congratulations to the Nursing Division for the success of the program and for winning the award.

The Radiographer program is a true community partnership between HFCC and the Oakwood Healthcare System. Clinical training sites including Oakwood Hospital and Medical Center ‑ Dearborn, Oakwood Healthcare Center – Allen Park, Oakwood Healthcare Center – Canton, Oakwood Heritage Hospital – Taylor, Oakwood Southshore Medical Center – Trenton, and recently added Oakwood Annapolis Hospital, Wayne.

May 2005 will be the graduation date for the 50th nursing class from Henry Ford Community College. The graduating seniors also hold the honor for the largest graduating class in the history of the college. We have the largest nursing program in Michigan, with 500 students enrolled. The nursing program was one of the original seven two-year registered nursing programs established nationally in 1953 through a grant from Columbia University.

HFCC continues to offer quality education and training programs to students through the acquisition of $2.76 million in competitive grants from state and federal sources. During the 2004 fiscal year, HFCC’s federal grants included an Eisenhower Grant for the Pre-Education Program, a National Science Foundation grant, a Health and Human Services grant and Corporate Training grants. HFCC also receives state administered federal grants such as Perkins to aid in helping students achieve their educational goals.

Many of the Health Career Division faculty are strongly involved with their professional communities. Four of the faculty either are or have served as accreditation evaluators for their professional associations. These individuals review accreditation reports and inspect other related programs at colleges throughout the country.

The HFCC Automotive program was re-accredited in 2006 by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation.

Over 92% of Surgical Technology graduates sitting for national certification pass the exam.

Henry Ford Community College is particularly proud of its Pre-Education Program. HFCC is a national model ― it is one of 11 community colleges in the country to receive the National Science Foundation Exemplary Activities in Mathematics and Science Teacher Preparation Recognition. Deborah Zopf leads this outstanding program.

Because of a strong community interest, HFCC was one of the first community colleges in the country to offer an associate's degree in Pre‑Pharmacy. This curriculum allows the student to build a solid foundation in preparation for professional pharmacy school.

HFCC Pharmacy Technology graduates received 100% pass rate on the 2004 national certification exam.

The Emergency Medical Services program actively participates with the American Heart Association, most recently in Stroke Awareness. This participation is through committee work, hosting community and professional conferences dealing with stroke awareness and stroke treatment and several instructors are on a national spokesperson circuit educating other health care workers from nurses to paramedics to ER physicians.

The HFCC Virtual Theatricality Lab team was invited to the Kennedy Center’s American College Theater Festival in January 2007 to present a demonstration of Motion Capture Acting. The festival is attended by faculty, staff, and students from major universities and schools in a 10-state area.

Because of community requests as well as the serious shortage within the Radiography profession, the program has recently expanded its capacity.

There are several HFCC nursing graduates who now hold instructor positions in the Division of Nursing. There are five, full-time faculty who hold this honor.

HFCC received the national merit award from the Liaison Council on Certification for Surgical Technologists (LCC-ST) for achieving a pass rate in the top 10 percent of the country’s surgical technology programs. All HFCC graduates who took the 2003 National Certification Exam in surgical technology passed the test. Certified individuals demonstrate mastery of a broad range of knowledge of surgical procedures, aseptic technique, and patient care by successfully completing the surgical technologist certifying examinations.

In the 21st century, ...80% of jobs will not require a four‑year degree. Instead, two‑year associate degrees in technical fields will be in demand.

The HFCC Varsity Men's Basketball Team with Head Coach, Abe Mashour and Assistant Coach, Dave Williams reached the Final Four in both State and Regional Competition with a final record of 19-10.

There is high demand for the graduates of HFCC's Surgical Technology program. One graduate from last year indicated that she had too many job offers, and was having a difficult time selecting just one.

The English Language Institute at Henry Ford Community College prepares students from all over the world to be accepted into graduate and undergraduate programs. In fact, among 270 applicants, one ELI student was one of two students accepted into Boston University’s graduate school of dentistry. Two others have been accepted into the University of Michigan’s graduate school of engineering. The ELI also helps foreign students who already have degrees to improve their English so that they may find employment within their professions. One has become the editor of El-Amin, a local bilingual magazine, several have been employed as pharmacists, and one works as a teacher. Also, sixty percent of the ELI “graduates” who enroll in classes at HFCC have grade point averages between 3.0 and 4.0. The institute, established in 2001, has had students from forty-six countries and continues to expand to accommodate the needs of all students.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, Physical Therapist Assistant is one of the 30 fastest‑growing U.S. occupations. 100% job placement rate for graduates secondary to an increased demand for Physical Therapist Assistants.

Henry Ford Community College's course, "Peoples and Cultures of the Middle East" is one of only a few Arab American Studies courses offered in the United States.

Emergency Medical Services program instructors are exploring programs from Babysitter Courses (which certify in Basic Life Support & basic first aid) to one day car seat inspections through the Ford Motor Company and Boost America Programs. HFCC hosted the Car Seat Inspector programs in 2000 & in 2001 and look forward to hosting an actual inspection site at HFCC that would directly benefit our clients as well as the surrounding communities.

HFCC Awarded Achieving the Dream Grant
Henry Ford Community College was chosen as one of six Michigan Community Colleges to receive the Achieving the Dream Grant. Achieving the Dream is a multiyear national initiative to help more community college students succeed. The initiative is particularly concerned about student groups that traditionally have faced significant barriers to success. HFCC was awarded the $50,000 grant from the Kresge Foundation and joins 82 institutions in 15 states. The grant will provide HFCC with the opportunity to network and share best practices with colleges across the country and we will now be eligible to apply for implementation grants worth up to $400,000 over a four-year period.

Employment demand for Radiography graduates is extremely high with employers offering tuition support to potential graduates.

The HFCC Fitness Center is growing and is free for students to use! The Fitness Center now features brand new strength equipment including 12 new Nautilus Strength Training Systems. The stations include exercises for the hip abductors and adductors, low back, biceps and triceps as well as the Gravitron which makes pull-ups possible, even for the weakest person. In addition, a new Stairmaster/Quinton 5100 Treadmill has been added to complement the other cardiovascular equipment such as rowing machines, bikes and Stairmasters.

HFCC has been recognized by Wayne RESA for exceptional achievement in Community/School Partnerships. HFCC is recognized for work with educational paraprofessionals. HFCC was recognized at the RESA annual Celebration of Excellence in Education Awards program.

In the 21st century, 60% of nurses and health care employees will receive their education through the community college system.

Health Careers hosted a major conference for the Michigan Region II South, Bio-Defense Network for 200 participants including Doctors, Paramedics and Nurses. The conference was on Emergency Readiness for the Pediatric Patient. It is noteworthy that one of the main education tracks for this conference is in Pediatric Education for Prehospital Professionals, Henry Ford Community College's EMS program was the first college in Michigan to offer this newly revised curriculum.

The HFCC Full Circle Dance Company has been attending the American College Dance Festival at a different host college mostly in the Midwest for the last 10 years. Students have dances adjudicated, take master classes, attend dance concerts, perform, and Diane Mancinelli, HFCC instructor teaches!

The HFCC Surgical Technology Program scored in the top twenty schools nationally in average Program Assessment Exam (PAE) test scores over the last two years. The PAE is a standard exam given nationally to all SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY students just before they graduate. The exam was instituted two years ago to assess how well programs are teaching the Core Curriculum. The HFCC Surgical Technology Program is a nationally accredited two year Associate Degree program. The program started in 1996 and it’s graduates have consistently found employment in many of the areas hospitals and medical centers.

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program is fully accredited through 2006.

HFCC has been awarded a $708,300 Clean Michigan Initiative matching grant from the State of Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to stop the erosion of sediment into the Rouge River from Kingfisher Bluff, located on the Western edge of the campus. This award matches one received in 2002 from the Rouge River National Wet Weather Demonstration Project for $319,132. This project will also allow HFCC to repave part of its parking lot with a state-of-the-art permeable surface and to install retention ponds in order to remediate runoff pollution from the lot into the river. In a show of community support, the Dearborn Rotary Club has pledged to raise $40,000 for an overlook deck to be completed at Kingfisher Bluff once the erosion-control project is completed.

In 2000, the Emergency Medical Services program at HFCC, as a partner in RAFT, received the "Joint Public Services Award" from the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments and the Metropolitan Affairs Coalition for an "Outstanding Public/Private Partnership."

HFCC Partners with Henry Ford Health System and Dearborn Public Schools
Henry Ford Early College was successfully launched in Fall 2007. The program is a collaboration between HFCC, Dearborn Public Schools, and Henry Ford Health System. The Early College is a five-year program designed to prepare students for one of five health careers. At the end of five years, students will receive a high school diploma and significant credit toward an Associate of Applied Science degree in pharmacy technology, physical therapy assistance, radiography, respiratory therapy, or surgical technology. The Early College opened with approximately 40 ninth-graders; a grade will be added in each of the successive four years. During the ninth and tenth grades, students will be enrolled in high school classes, with emphasis on math and science. They will gradually be introduced to dual enrollment college classes, and their schedules in their 12th and 13th years will be almost exclusively HFCC coursework and clinicals.

Not only are second year radiography students being heavily recruited by employers, the first year students are now also being recruited. Many recent graduates received sign on bonuses upon graduation from their employers.

HFCC and Eastern Michigan University have articulation agreements in Pre-Elementary Education and Pre-Secondary Education, signed June 17, 2004.

In the most recent survey of graduates, 100% of reporting students passed all three parts of the Basic Skills Test on the first attempt; 100% of reporting students were admitted to a School of Education within six months of graduation.

In the 21st century, many of the fast growing occupations will be concentrated in health services, which is expected to increase more than twice as fast as the economy as a whole.

The HFCC EMS Program and Tech Prep Office received an accommodation from the Department of Labor and Economic Growth for their Public Safety Pathway Program. The program will be used as a model for other programs in the state.

In 2001, the Full Circle Dance Company traveled to Italy and performed in the region of Abruzzo, province of Chieti, city of Ortona a mare on the Adriatic Sea.

Radio station 89.3 WHFR.FM, an independent /non-commercial broadcast station located at HFCC was named “Best Campus Radio Station” by The Detroit News in their “Michigan’s Best 2003” poll. The station was picked #1 in the state for their category. WHFR is a student-staffed, faculty-guided station that began in 1962 as a radio club and since 1997 has achieved a 24/7 broadcasting schedule, with the help of over 60 student and alumni volunteers.

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program emphasizes generic abilities such as good communication skills, time management, and critical thinking/problem solving abilities to ensure graduates have a competitive advantage in the workplace.

During 2003-2004, the Corporate Training Office received more than $977,000 in training grants and contracts to help re-train the workforce of area companies. The Corporate Training Office has trained and re-trained over 68,000 workers since its inception in 1990.

To date, all HFCC Emergency Medical Services students and graduates seeking employment have received positions in their desired areas.

Hospitality Program Serves Michigan State Senate
Hospitality Program Hospitality Students Demonstrate Culinary Skills for State Senate
The HFCC Hospitality Program students catered lunch for the Michigan State Senate Luncheon in March 2007. The HFCC Culinary Arts program is nationally accredited through the American Culinary Federation. In addition, HFCC's Hospitality Studies program is accredited by the Educational Foundation of the National Restaurant Association.

100% of the Respiratory Therapist graduates actively seeking employment were employed either prior to or within three months of graduation.

HFCC has received a one-year planning grant from the National Science Foundation to work with Eastern Michigan University and the University of Michigan-Dearborn on exploring the use of writing as a cognitive tool for pre-service mathematics and science teachers.

HFCC’s production of William Shakespeare’s, “the Tempest” was selected for performance at the Kennedy Center’s American College Theater Festival in mid-January 2004. The Kennedy Center’s American College Theater Festival honors the best in American College and University Theater. The production utilizes video and digital technology to create 3D stereoscopic scenery that is viewed by audiences wearing polarized glasses.

In the 21st century, health care services will account for almost one fifth of all job growth from 1994-2005.

WHFR Radio, 89.3 FM completed the 6th annual WHFR Charity Bowling Event in 2005, their most successful charity event to date. Together with friends from the Michigan Association of Educational Broadcasters, WHFR raised over $2100 for Adult Well-Being Services.

Many guest dance artists and choreographers working in a huge variety of genres including Flamenco, Jazz, Ballet, Modern, Classical Indian, Ballroom and Folk have taught master classes and composed dances for the Full Circle Dance Company.

HFCC's Surgical Technology program achieved a national ranking in 2003.

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program is affiliated with approximately 50 different physical therapy facilities across southeastern Michigan.

HFCC has one of Michigan's most diverse college student bodies. Nearly one-third of HFCC students consider themselves persons of color. Another one-quarter consider themselves of Middle East heritage. More than one-half of HFCC students are women.

Many of HFCC's Emergency Medical Services program graduates are now in leadership roles within the community including Fire Chiefs, Fire Inspectors, EMS Training Officers, Field Training Officers, Educators and more!

Phi Theta Kappa Recognized Internationally
Dr. Nabeel Abraham, HFCC Instructor and the Alpha Xi Mu Chapter of HFCC’s Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society received a special commendation during the Michigan Regional Convention. The commendation recognized the chapter’s successful attainment of goals as presented in the Society’s Five Star Chapter Development Program. The Chapter was awarded the Five Star designation for promoting at least two events in each of the four Hallmarks that the Society is built on, Fellowship, Scholarship, Leadership and Service. This distinction will also be recognized at the international level. Phi Theta Kappa also received a Bronze Pinnacle award for obtaining more than a 10% increase in membership.

The group also placed in the Michigan Regional Competition. They received third place in the Yearbook Competition for documenting their activities for the year and third place in Better World Books Book Drive for collecting books sent to third world countries.

99% of the Respiratory Therapist graduates participating in the Registry Exam for Respiratory Therapy, have earned the credential of RRT (Registered Respiratory Therapist). For the past 20 years, HFCC has maintained one of the highest pass rates on the national examinations in the country.

The Michigan Association of Educational Broadcasters recently awarded HFCC’s own WHFR-FM the honor of MAEB’s 2004 “College Station of the Year”. Established in 1977, the MAEB awards this honor annually to the station that provides outstanding community service and promotion of educational radio in the state.

HFCC's Sisson Art Gallery has four exhibitions each year, with good attendance, and an outstanding student show.

The Medical Assistant program is fully accredited through the Commission of Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.

100% of HFCC Health Information Technology graduates passed their national board exam and exceeded the national mean in every subject area.

The Louie and Eleanor Mancinelli Dance Scholarship is awarded each year to a dance student.

HFCC's Winter 2004 Online Physics course was the first and only community college to offer an online version of physics. Also, there are no 4‑year colleges in Michigan that offer online physics. This is a "hybrid" class (everything online, except for the labs) that offers the best of both worlds for students whose schedules and/or ability to commute preclude them from attending the traditional on‑site version of this class.

Physical Therapist Assistant Program faculty have diverse clinical experience.

HFCC has been designated as a "Pioneer" by the Muslim Accommodations Task Force (MATF). The MATF is part of the Muslim Students Association National and identifies colleges and universities that are "Muslim Friendly". Students are surveyed about how colleges accommodate Muslim student needs and the results are shared on a Web site to help prospective students in selecting a college or university (www.msa-national.org/matf).

In Wayne County, four of the top twenty employers are health care systems. In the metropolitan Detroit region there are more than 185,000 individuals employed in health care.

Mirror News Staff Receives Michigan Community College Press Association Awards
The staff of the Mirror News attended the annual Michigan Community College Press Association (MCCPA) Press Day Conference in Spring 2007. The staff received awards in the following categories: News Story, Personality Profile, Column/Commentary, Sports News Photo, Student-Created Ad, Front Page Design, Inside Page Layout and Overall Design.

National Respiratory Care Accreditation was extended to the Respiratory Therapist Program for 5 years based upon the program’s outstanding outcomes.

In April, HFCC was published in the Editors section of JEMS Magazine (Journal of Emergency Medical Services) on page 14. The content was about HFCC’s recent offering of “GEMS” (Geriatric Education for Emergency Medical Services) certificate course. HFCC is the first of a few schools in the country to offer this course and the first school in Michigan to offer the course. This program stresses the special needs of our growing geriatric population. All first year EMS students took this course.

HFCC 's vocal & instrumental ensembles have concert audiences of 10,000-plus each college year.

The Medical Assistant program has an outstanding pass rate record on the national certification exam (CMAT).

Thirty volunteers from HFCC's HIT program participated in a Breast Cancer Research Study at Biostatistics and Research Epidemiology at Henry Ford Health System. The study was a huge success and the principal investigator and team were thrilled with the skills of our students. As a result, six students were hired and have flexible hours while they are in school.

The Full Circle Dance Company entertains between 2,000 and 3,000 each December through concerts for children. Diane Mancinelli, HFCC Dance Instructor received a "Distinguished Service to the Arts" Award in 1992 for her production of Twas the Night Before Christmas from the City of Farmington Hills and the State of Michigan. Mancinelli has also created and produced D is for DANCE ! and Food for Thought.

The Nursing program boasts a NCLEX‑RN exam pass rate of 97%, the highest in our area, including the universities. The Nursing program is celebrating the entrance of the fiftieth nursing class this September and they will be the 50th Nursing graduating class in 2005. The Competency Evaluated Nurse Aide course this summer and had great success. Seventeen students are ready for state testing.

There are significant opportunities for hands‑on practice with Physical Therapist Assistant faculty and/or tutors during days and evenings.

Deb Zopf, Rick Bailey, Larry Smyrski and Judy Kelly, HFCC faculty members, collaborated with Eastern Michigan University and the University of Michigan Dearborn on a National Science Foundation "Partnership for Articulated Mathematics and Science Teacher Preparation". Instructors from each of the schools involved meet weekly to discuss the work of their courses with writing specialist, Rick Bailey. Dr. Bailey designs mini-lessons that attend the skills important to writing in a subject area. Teachers assign writing to further their students' learning of math and science, "teach" the mini lesson, and have students write other assignments. This incorporates writing in math and science courses for pre-service elementary teachers with the goal of improving the learning of these subjects.

"I don’t think I’ve ever met a group of people who asked more impressive and relevant and in‑depth questions than the Henry Ford Community College students. I was very impressed. It tells me a lot about the environment of this institution". Dr. David Satcher, U.S. Surgeon General, September 16,1998.

HFCC's Information Assurance Program meets the National Training Standard for Information Systems Security Professionals. This important certifcation is awarded by the Committee on National Security Systems and the National Security Agency.

Besides graduates, employers, and accreditation agencies, patients are also impressed with HFCC students. The Respiratory Therapist Program recently received a phone call from a family member of a patient that was cared for by our current second year Respiratory Therapist students during their clinical rotation. This individual wanted to be sure our college knew that his wife received outstanding care and compassion from these HFCC students.

The HFCC Pre-Education Program has been cited by the National Science Foundation as a “Two-Year College with Exemplary Activities in Mathematics and Science Teacher Preparations”.

HFCC's Big Band has received awards at every jazz festival in which it has performed or competed in the past 20 years.

The Pharmacy Technician program is fully accredited through the American Society of Health‑System Pharmacists. One of only three accredited programs in Michigan.

There are over 120 pre-education students who successfully complete their 50-hour Educational Psychology pre-student teaching practicum each semester at HFCC. These students successfully transfer to universities or are able to get jobs with their certificate or associate's degrees in CHD as para professionals or teachers in the early childhood setting.

The Public Safety Pathway Program is a comprehensive program designed to give university‑bound students a head start on their education. The multi‑disciplinary approach to education allows students to gain exposure to careers in Firefighting, Emergency Medical Services, and Law Enforcement earning high school graduation credits and up to 22 college credits. This partnership involves a cooperative agreement between HFCC (Health Careers, Tech. Prep, EMS and Criminal Justice Programs), Trenton Board of Education, the Downriver Career Tech. Consortium (10 high school districts), Trenton FD, and Trenton PD.

The Physical Therapist Assistant program was developed in response to a strong community need.

HFCC hosted the Michigan Student Political Issues Convention on September 24, 2004. Hundreds of students representing eight area colleges and universities participated in the development of a student political agenda that was the basis of student-led "Candidate Job Interviews" for candidates running for the Michigan State House of Representatives. These activities were part of a larger national student political issues week, September 20-26, 2004 with schools from 9 states participating. HFCC was the coordinating institution for the National Student Political Issues Week and the subsequent National Student Political agenda. An honorary steering committee for electoral elites from across Michigan supported this project. Among theses elites were Governor Jennifer Granholm, State Attorney General Michael Cox, and Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano.

All of the programs within the Health Careers Division offer outstanding placement rates, excellent graduate results on the various certification/registry exams, and the strong support of the health care agencies in this region. With more than 55 different clinical affiliates in this region, the Health Career Division attempts to provide the best available classroom, laboratory and clinical experiences for our students.

The HFCC campus is home to a "Tour of the Solar System", a scale model of the solar system. The Sun display is located on the east external wall of the Planetarium in the Science Building, and all of the other cases are mounted at their true scaled distances from the Sun. The scale is 1 meter in the model = 15 million kilometers in space (1 foot = about 2,840,000 mi). The tour begins at the Sun, and winds up at Pluto, one-quarter mile away at the edge of the soccer field. Maps of the scale model will be available in each display case. The solar system was designed by HFCC Instructors, Brian Kirchner and Steve Murrell.

HFCC's Surgical Technology Program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs.

The HFCC Pre-Education Program was one of six community college pre-education programs in the nation studied by Recruiting New Teachers, Inc.

HFCC's Big Band is the only jazz ensemble to perform 21 consecutive years at the Ford Detroit Jazz Festival

Graduates of the Pharmacy Technician program in 2003 have a 95+% pass rate on the national certification exam (CPT). Again, one of the highest pass rates in the country.

The Henry Ford Big Band performed at the 2005 Presidential Inauguration in Washington D.C. This was their second appearance for a United State Presidential Ball. Also performing this year with the Big Band was the vocal jazz ensemble, "Midnight Blue".

In 1999 HFCC became a founding partner in the Regional Alliance for Firefighter Training (RAFT). RAFT is a regional partnership of Southeast Michigan fire departments and community colleges dedicated to ensuring that firefighters are highly trained professionals fully equipped to effectively save lives and property. Formed with the assistance of the Metropolitan Affairs Coalition (MAC), the organization promotes teamwork and collaboration between local fire departments and community colleges; The goal is to achieve the highest quality of training at the lowest practical cost. To date, HFCC has participated in five Regional Extrication Learning Symposiums & Competitions, a signature event with national recognition.

Radiography students received a 95% pass rate over last 4 years on the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists national credentialing exam. HFCC graduate results routinely exceeded both the state and national test score averages. Again, one of the highest pass rates in the nation.

HFCC's Center for Lifelong Learning and M-TEC received the 2003-2004 Focused Student Achievement Award for Community/School Partnerships from Wayne RESA for developing and delivering a preparation program for over 700 Wayne County School District paraprofessionals. The "Get Ready" program has helped prepare paraprofessionals and school districts to meet the required no Child Left Behind standards.

The HFCC Pre-Education Program was used by Phi Theta Kappa as a model program for other colleges to emulate.

The Health Careers Division conducts more than 20 advisory committee meetings per year with our regional employers in an effort to keep all of our programs technically current and professionally relevant. More than 150 employers and/or industry representatives from this region serve on these technical advisory committees.

The HFCC Legal Assistant Program attained American Bar Association (ABA) Accreditation in 2006. This important accreditation is seen by the legal community as a benchmark for legal assistant programs and greatly improves employment opportunities for graduates of the program.

100% of Surgical Technology graduates actively seeking employment are employed prior to or within four months of graduation.

Over 120 music educators in southeastern Michigan started their music education degree work at HFCC.

The pharmacy programs receive strong community and professional support. More than 17 area pharmacists are directly involved with this program either as serving as adjunct instructors or volunteers on the program’s technical advisory committee.

HFCC Radiography students had a 100% pass rate for the 2004 ARRT examination. The students' mean scaled score was 85.1 beating both the national average of 83.9 and the state average of 82.6.

As a Regional Alliance for Firefighter Training-sponsored event, HFCC offered a conference for Professional Emergency Airway Control (PEAC) geared toward the skill advancement of Firefighter/Paramedics in this region. The workshops profile new innovations in this area while utilizing the recently purchased Patient Simulator. One of the guest speakers focused on an actual Cervical Spondylosis scenario.

The Radiographer program boasts 100% employment rate or pursuit of advanced education over last 4 years.

The HFCC Big Band has won all major awards in 16 out of 17 performances at jazz festivals.