CLEVELAND - It sounded like a pep rally coming from inside MetroHealth Medical Center.
And it was of sorts, a clapping and cheering celebration welcoming new students who will attend the new Lincoln West School of Science and Health inside the hospital.
It's believed to be the only such arrangement in the county as 126 freshmen and sophomores will spend three days a week in classes and training.
The objective is to provide not only training and information about medical careers, but also the other skills and professions needed to run a hospital like information technology, accounting, food service, security and building engineering.
Student Mario Wilson is excited.
"I will sign up for every field trip, every program, every opportunity they provide so I can do my best to get in and hopefully afford a full ride to college, " he pledged.
Naresha Cinton is eager to get into classes.
"I'm happy to get this opportunity. One occupation I'm looking at is being a mechanical engineer, " she said.
MetroHealth CEO Dr. Akram Boutros explained why it's committing manpower and resources used for medical care to education.
"When you are smarter, you are healthier. You make better choices. You lead healthier lives," he said.
Starting different and difference-making high schools that provide students with choice and educational options is a big part of the Transformation Plan.
The levy campaign claims 18 new or redefined curriculum high schools since 2012.
A goal of the transformation plan was to triple the students in new and high performing schools by 2018-2019.
Definitions of quality schools keep changing. But that ultimate goal is still a long way off.
Nine percent of students currently attend high or mid-performing schools.
Christina Fowler-Mack, CMSD'S Chief Innovation Officer, says the new collaboration with MetroHealth is in line with the Transformation Plan's goals.
"The levy was a commitment to make sure we have innovative schools in each of neighborhoods and the delivers on the promise of the levy," she said.
The students received lots of encouragement and pledges of support.
The new school principal, Chris Thompson, says the school's Latin motto translates to, "If you are strong, I am strong." The idea is to work together to common goals.
CMSD administrator Angela Shaker works to connect students with the right opportunity.
She urged students, "Go after it. Pave the way for the future of your dreams. You got this."
CMSD wants to create more specialized schools. Passing the levy would be a big and needed step toward that.