UP Health System Portage has a long standing relationship with C.T.E. programming through the Copper Country Intermediate School District, primarily through their Health Careers class. Being part of the educational process with young people has helped us grow as an organization and has led to many improvements in the way we care for patients. It has also helped us by giving career specific experiences to young people who have joined us as employees after graduating high school. The really exciting thing about the CTE Health Careers program is that many students that went through the program experienced the “health care calling” and went on to pursue advanced degrees, such as medical doctor, doctor of pharmacy and doctor of physical therapy.