The Health Tech Program at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children held its annual alumni reunion. Each year, the reunion provides former participants a chance to discuss how they have progressed with their education and employment since participating in the program.
This unique program allows students from Kensington Health Sciences Academy in grades 11 and 12 to participate in one-on-one paid training from health care professionals. The students work in various departments throughout the hospital including administration, dentistry, nursing, child life and clinical. Students in grade 10 also have the opportunity to participate in shadowing once a month, which provides exposure to the hospital and health care environment. Each year culminates with a closing program where the students deliver oral presentations highlighting their experiences and information learned throughout the year. Since the program’s inception in 1994, 307 high school students have participated in the program. The program boasts a 98% high school graduation rate and a 95% college entrance rate. The CIS Site Coordinator works with the students in school and at the hospital to provide social service and academic support.
Assistant Coordinator, Charmel Gamble stated, “It is great to have the students come back and tell us what they have been up to. We have graduates who are working here at St. Chris and another who became a director at an assisted living facility.” All of students credit their participation in the program as instrumental in both helping them to continue their education and finding a career that was right for them.