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Career Exposure and Exploration Programs in Western Mass

Inventory of Career Exposure and Exploration Programs in Western Mass

  • The Healthcare Workforce Partnership of Western Massachusetts partners with post-secondary academic institutions and healthcare service providers to deliver a HEALTHCARE CAREERS Awareness Day program for middle schools students.  The partnering organizations arrange tours of emergency rooms, ICUs, and simulation labs, and provide a career emersion experience to 8th grade students from Chicopee, Holyoke, Springfield and Westfield middle schools.The organizations’ partnership in this very important program, allows students from Chicopee, Springfield and Westfield to observe and learn from healthcare practitioners in the practice setting.  It gives them first-hand, real life exposure to healthcare professions, as well as informed and equipped them for future education and career planning decisions. This collaboration is one step closer to preparing students with the information and experiences to promote STEM infused education and careers in healthcare.
  • 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.
  • Western New England University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences offers a free 1-day Summer Camp for high school students to explore the fields of Pharmacy and Occupational Therapy hands-on.  This program is ideal for students who are unable to attend the full-week camp.  Students will participate in Pharmacy and Occupational Therapy laboratory experiences as well as learn more about the professions.  Date to be scheduled each July.
  • Western New England University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences offers High School Career Exploratory Workshops for Pharmacy and Occupational Therapy throughout the academic year.  Workshops are given at high schools in academic classes (preferable STEM) and after school health clubs to share with students an interactive presentation about Pharmacy and/or Occupational Therapy, explaining top career paths within each profession, academic requirements and starting salary information.  The workshops are free and are offered at a time most convenient to high school class schedules.
  • On-Campus High School Exploratory Workshops for Pharmacy and Occupational Therapy are offered throughout the year at Western New England University.  High school classes and/or groups are welcome to attend a campus and lab tour, and learn more about Pharmacy and Occupational Therapy at the University’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.  These visits are typically 3 hours in length and are scheduled as a group visit.
  • 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 Baystate Medical Center Student (Springfield) Ambassador Program is a summer-long commitment. 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.
  • Springfield Technical Community College offers a Health Careers Exploration Night for anyone interested in becoming a health care professional to learn more about STCC’s programs. The night features 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.
  • 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.

MassHire Hampden County Workforce Board

1441 Main Street, First Floor
Springfield, MA 01103
413-233-9856

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