Hostos' Health, Education and Research Occupations High School (H.E.R.O.)
H.E.R.O. High is a new public 9-14 high school for students interested in health careers. It is a collaboration between Hostos Community College, Montefiore Medical Center, CUNY, and the Department of Education. Modeled after the P-Tech schools, H.E.R.O. High seeks to connect students at an early age with careers in high demand, like nursing and community health workers, and to provide a curriculum guided by employers’ needs and expectations.
During an integrated six-year program, H.E.R.O. High students have the opportunity to earn a Career and Technical Education (CTE)-endorsed Regents diploma, an associate’s degree in Nursing or Community Health from Hostos, and gain workplace experience in the healthcare field. The school is part of a national trend towards combining technical skills in growth industries and secondary/post-secondary education. The school opened in September 2013, with 126 9th graders.