Two Ford seniors among 25 nationwide to earn acceptance into four-year Master's program
Three UCS seniors among 25 nationwide to earn acceptance into five-year Master's program
Posted on 01/12/2018
Female and Male student standing in front of Henry Ford II logo

Three Utica Community Schools seniors already have a prescription for success after being among only 25 students nationwide accepted into a prestigious medical careers program.

Selena Hindi and Amar Kurjakovic, of Henry Ford II High School, and Rachel Stieber, of Utica Academy for International Studies,  have earned a “direct admit” to the University of Detroit Mercy Master’s Degree Physician Assistant program.

Students in the program earn automatic entry into the university’s Physician Assistants program and will earn a Master’s Degree after five years.

“It is a great feeling and relieves a lot of stress,” Hindi said. “It is great to know that we are going to be able to have our master’s degree in five years and leave with a career.”

The program, which requires students to maintain a 3.5 gpa, is offered to only 25 students nationwide by University of Detroit Mercy.

“I didn’t hit right away but the more I thought about it, the more I realized ‘wow, this is a big deal,’” said Kurjakovic.

The Physician’s Assistant program culminates a life goal for the students by involving them in career that they have explored as part of the district’s medical careers program.

“I have wanted to be in the medical field and help people,” Hindi said.

She also said that Henry Ford II provided “classes that get us closer to our career that you do not find in another school.”

Kurjakovic said that in addition to the coursework, the district has provided tools such as Naviance to help simplify the process for college and career research and selection.

He also said medical careers teacher Karen Benson and the Henry Ford II staff have made the direct admit opportunity possible through guidance and supporting recommendations.

“They are willing to put their time aside to help the students, which is really what got me going,” Kurjakovic said.  “I knew I could go to anyone for advice.”