Started in 2010 and under the leadership of the vice chancellor for academic affairs, the High School Alliance is a health sciences enrichment program that partners with the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) and public school districts in the greater Omaha area. The program provides high school juniors and seniors with the opportunity to observe, shadow and work alongside health care professionals and researchers at UNMC.
The program is designed to offer unique and innovative science classes that are not available in the traditional high school setting. These enrichment classes are taught in partnership by UNMC faculty and certified high school teachers on the UNMC campus.
The program is funded primarily through the generosity of The Sherwood Foundation, and has also received financial support from the UNMC College of Medicine Alumni Association and UNMC Diversity funds. This support means students don't have to pay tuition for the program.