Alburnett HS Students Examine Hospital Careers

Nanci Young, Workplace Learning Connection
Three Alburnett High School students spent part of their day on October 5, 2010, learning first-hand about careers in a hospital.  Kasie Casconi, Elizabeth Comried, and Crystal Platten were part of over 60 teens from 15 area high schools that went on the small group job shadow coordinated by the Workplace Learning Connection and the St. Lukes Hospital staff.  The students weren’t the only ones interested in this learning experience.  Two television stations and the local newspaper were on-hand to see what the students were going to learn!
Kasie job shadowed with the Medical Laboratory Technicians, Elizabeth with the Occupational Therapists, and Crystal shadowed in the Pharmacy.
The demand for health care workers continues to grow as technological breakthroughs occur with regularity, the population ages, and people, in general, advocate for medical advances in their own health concerns.  High school students get a jump start on their post-secondary planning by learning through witnessing the job being done off-campus and at a worksite.  Barbara Berns, Student Volunteer Coordinator at St. Lukes Hospital, urged the students to volunteer within a hospital setting if they are serious about a career in health care.  She advised that volunteering, job shadowing and possibly interning while still in high school will give the students an advantage over those students who do not.
The Alburnett Community School District partners with the Workplace Learning Connection to provide this type of learning experience to high school juniors and seniors. 

If you’d like to find out more about a job shadow in a career field of your choice, contact Ms. Barschow in Guidance  or log on to www.workplace-learning.org.

http://www.easterniowaschools.com/2010/10/05/job-shadows-swarm-hospital-for-work-experience/

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