Maxine Bleich, President, Ventures In Education, Inc.
has over thirty years’ experience working with
leaders in medical education, higher education, public
education (K-12), government, and private philanthropy
to increase the number of minority students (African
American, American Indian, Mainland Puerto Rican, and
Mexican American) who successfully pursue careers in
medicine, the related health professions, science, mathematics,
engineering, and technology.
Parallel to establishing the Ventures Scholars Program,
VIE managed a group of 45 poorly performing high schools
in rural urban settings nation-wide that turned student
performance so that 95% of the program graduates (some
2,000 each year) enrolled in the most competitive colleges
from Harvard to Berkeley and were accepted to medical
school at a 13% rate greater than their peers applying
to medical schools. As an outgrowth of this experience,
VIE created the Ventures Initiative and Focus student-centered
system of teaching and learning. This system is
the basis of the education consulting services provided
by Ventures Education Systems Corporation to schools
K-12 nationwide and in Puerto Rico.