Ms. Shaneah Taylor said at a recent Career Spotlight Series talk that a health care career is something that can be pursued from different fields of study.
"Your interests and your passions can come into play in a health care career," she said to a group of students from Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy, and other area high schools at PMSA recently.
The talk by Ms. Taylor, a senior research project coordinator at Northwestern Medicine, and Mr. Emmanuel Cordova Telles, a research study coordinator at Northwestern Medicine, was part of the Career Spotlight Series through the Des Plaines Valley (DVR) Education for Employment Regional Delivery System. The series sends students from participating schools that included Proviso East, Proviso West, PMSA, Leyden, Oak Park-River Forest, and Riverside-Brookfield to lectures and programs on careers such as health care, finance, manufacturing, and engineering. The programs are presented by people currently working in those fields.
"The intent is to expose students to a variety of careers including finance, engineering, health, IT, etc.," said Dr. Tracy Lett, chair for the career and technical education department for District 209. "The plan is to next take these students out on field trips to various locations and then hopefully assist students in gaining work experience in their interested/desired field."
Along with talks by people from the various career fields, students also visit the companies themselves to see what it is like to work at the businesses. The talk and the trips, as well as career days in March at Proviso East and Proviso West are meant to get students thinking about their future careers.
"The goal is to have all 16 pathways covered," Dr. Lett said. "The goal is to connect education with industry."
Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent for District 209, said that career programs such as the Career Spotlight Series are designed to make education more relevant for students.
"Students who might otherwise wonder why they are coming to school are able to see that what they are learning can lead to a bigger payoff later in life," Dr. Collins-Hart said. "They can see that they need to continue learning to be able to someday have that dream career and have the life that they are seeking."