Inventory of Career Exposure and Exploration Programs in Western Mass
- The Baystate Franklin Medical Center Student Ambassador Program provide high-school students with an opportunity to experience the variety of healthcare professions available to them before deciding on a college or major field of study as well as the diverse careers offered within the hospital setting. Applications are currently available in the guidance offices at most high schools in Franklin County and at Baystate Franklin Medical Center’s Volunteer Services office. Applicants should be prepared to provide contact information for three references, including an academic source, an extracurricular activity leader, and a personal reference.The deadline for applications is Monday, April 1. Interviews will be scheduled in the weeks following the application process, and final decisions will be announced on May 1. The program is limited to 12 participants. For more information regarding this program and the application process, contact Becky George, manager of Volunteer Services, at (413) 773-2318
- The Baystate Medical Center Student (Springfield) Ambassador program is a summer-long commitment which will begin June 28, 2019 and continue through August 9, 2019. Students are required to volunteer a full day (always the same assigned day) once a week and attend evening hands-on, educational in-services. In order to qualify for a certificate of completion for this program, students must volunteer at least 5 weeks (days) during the summer and must attend a minimum of two of the evening sessions. Application process: Apply on February 6, 2019 by calling 794-4210 between 9am and 4pm (Please do not page, call any other numbers or send us emails that day – you must call 794-4210 to apply.) The student or a family member or friend can call that day on the student’s behalf as long as the caller can tell which department you are affiliated with and relationship to the student applicant. Given the interest in this program and in fairness to everyone, calls or messages will not be accepted before that day. Names received after February 7th will be put on a waiting list.
- Springfield Technical Community College on Tuesday, Nov. 27, will offer Health Careers Exploration Night, an opportunity for anyone interested in becoming a health care professional to learn more about STCC’s programs. Open to the public, the free event will take place between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. While no registration is required, visitors should check in with organizers in the first-floor lobby of Building 20, on the Pearl Street side of the campus. The night will feature tours of STCC’s SIMS Medical Center, a nationally recognized patient simulation facility, and tours of departments. Visitors can meet faculty and current students and observe demonstrations and hands-on activities. The event is ideal for anyone thinking about changing careers or becoming a medical professional to find out if the health care field is a good fit.
- Western New England University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Golden Bear Pharmacy Summer Camp is created to foster a positive relationship with the local community amongst diverse populations of students. This includes diversity in race/ethnicity, religious beliefs, political affiliations, gender, and inclusion of students with disabilities. The day camp is open to high school students who demonstrate strong academic skills and an interest in pharmacy or the pharmaceutical sciences. A goal of this camp is to share this opportunity with as many different students possible. As such, students may only attend this camp one time.2019 Golden Bear Summer Camp: June 24–28, 2019, 8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (lunch is provided)
- The Holyoke Community College (HCC) and Chicopee Comprehensive High School (CCHS) Career Pathways Initiative is a dual enrollment health education option for CCHS students. Students who are enrolled in the Health Science Academy earn college credit through articulation agreements or college classes offered by the College on-line or in person at the high school. The career pathway model links and integrates high school and postsecondary curricula with industry-recognized skills, knowledge and certification. The Initiative is informed by work being conducted within the Pathways to Prosperity Network, an initiative of Jobs for the Future and the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
- Greenfield Community College’s STEM Starter Academy is part of a statewide initiative to promote STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields. Our program is for students new to STEM (including high school students) who are interested in attending GCC—for free! Participants take a summer science, technology, engineering or math class, receive intensive advising, tutoring and career support, and participate in special STEM-focused activities.
- The Westfield Promise is an early college program offered through Westfield State in partnership with Westfield Public Schools, Holyoke Public Schools, and Springfield Public Schools. The program enables high schools students to earn up to 12 college credits by the time they graduate high school, greatly increasing the likelihood that they’ll go on to earn a college degree.
- Transition to College & Careers (TCC) is a free non-credit program offered both days and evenings that helps adult students 18+ prepare for college and identify a career path. The program includes intensive academic preparation in English reading and writing, math, study strategies, and computers in a college context. We offer college navigation, career advising, and tutoring in an environment conducive to learning.
- School-to-CareerDropout Prevention and Recovery Initiative:Combining work and learning is a powerful and effective dropout prevention strategy providing many students a reason to stay in school. Students who participate in school-to-career programs attend school more regularly and graduate at a higher rate than their peers. Students also gain valuable work experience, career awareness and connections outside their communities. Under the direction of the MHHCWB, local School-to-Career Partnerships connect high school students with area employers offering work-based learning experiences.