Dozens of area students who participated in the Healthcare Explorer Program and their families attended a graduation ceremony on Tuesday in the NHRMC Auditorium.
More than 100 high school students representing nine local schools participated in the program, which exposes participants to the breadth of healthcare careers available. The program also aimed to showcase a wide variety of possible clinical and non-clinical career paths such as laboratory, radiology, speech pathology, rehabilitation, information technology, data analytics, and more. Participants heard panel discussions from healthcare workers, toured work spaces and got hands-on experience.
David Parks, NHRMC’s vice president of regional and specialty services, gave the keynote address at Tuesday’s graduation ceremony. Mikenzie Wallace, one of the students who participated, also spoke to the group about the value of the program.
The program launched on February 20, 2018, when NHRMC held an open house for high school students to showcase career opportunities. Led by Kevin Briggs, Administrative Director of NHRMC Laboratory, the program is part of the health equity/hiring and recruitment initiative within NHRMC’s Strategic Plan.
NHRMC is planning a future open house for students interested in health careers and in joining the upcoming Healthcare Explorer class.