TTUHSC and LISD team up to offer new GRACE program - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/10/09

TTUHSC and LISD team up to offer new GRACE program

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - There's a program at the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center called GRACE. It stands for Great Recruiting And Community Explorations.

They're recruiting kids like 8-year-old Quantrevion Tobe a 4th grader at Iles Elementary found who found his seat at the Texas Tech Medical School. He's one of a select group of students from Iles Elementary along with others from Atkins and O.L. Slaton Middle Schools invited to spend a day at the medical school.

"Think about your grades. Think about taking the right courses, especially science and math. Think about finding a mentor in school," said Dr. John Baldwin, president of the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center. He and others at the medical school are teaming up with LISD to find youngsters interested in science and introduce them to medicine.

The GRACE program is an effort to foster an interest in the health care profession, convincing them that after graduating from this first day at the medical school that they can do anything and encouraging them to find a mentor.

"If anybody tells you they're self made woman or self made man, shake your head and say I doubt it ... Because everyone depends on lot of people to succeed," said Baldwin.

Dr. Baldwin hopes to go to as many schools as possible to get kids interested in science. For more information about the GRACE program or to become a sponsor, call (806) 743-1522.

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