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Associated Press, Published August 08 2009

Michigan university tries to encourage Native Americans toward jobs in health care industry

MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) - Few Native Americans work in health care professions, and Northern Michigan University officials say they hope a program will entice more Indian youth to consider careers in the field.

The Upper Peninsula is launching The College Prep Medicine Wheel by bringing groups of Native American high school students to the Marquette campus this fall.

The school says each group will stay for several days and ``engage in activities that teach about nursing and clinical sciences careers and degree programs.'

The high school students also will tour Marquette General Hospital.

Participants will come from the Upper Peninsula's five federally recognized tribes as well as from tribes in the Lower Peninsula, Minnesota and Wisconsin.