Tailored Industry Entrepreneurial Studies (TIES) is a unique program developed by Project ECHO to deepen student-connections and understanding of the trades and commerce that are unique to each industry.
In the summer of 2019, thirty students participated an intensive two-week program focused on four unique industries: (i) Opthalmology; (ii) Legal Services; (iii) Insurance; and (iv) Food-Tech. Students not only learned about some of the challenges within these different industries, but they were also exposed to the myriad of careers available in each field.
In partnership with the Roski Eye Institute, the Fox Family Foundation supported the week-long immersion into Opthalmology offered by TIES. Students were given an array of hands-on opportunities to handle medical equipment and learn how different tools were used to detect eye disease.
From dissecting cow eyeballs to learning how to perform non-invasive screenings, at the close to the TIES Opthalmology industry week, students were able to identify and diagnose different eye conditions and how the overall health practices within a community could contribute to poor eye health.
During the second part of the week, students used the lens of Design Thinking to innovate solutions for the industry challenges that most interested them.
TIES can be launched as a summer, semester, or after school program for both middle and high school students. If you are interested in bringing TIES to your community, contact firstname.lastname@example.org