Community College Systems and Dartmouth Health launch pre-learning for high school students

Posted: 04/28/2022 17:53:50

Modified: 04/28/2022 17:52:22

A pilot cohort of five New Hampshire and Vermont high school students interested in healthcare careers launched a new pre-apprenticeship program in March that places them in hospital, outpatient, perioperative and pharmaceutical healthcare settings. , preparing them for entry into Dartmouth Hitchcock Workforce Readiness Institute Apprenticeship Programs.

The new pre-apprenticeship program for high school students is operated by the Community College System of New Hampshire’s ApprenticeshipNH program, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and River Valley Community College.

The program is 14 weeks long and will prepare high school students ages 17 and older for the medical assistant, pharmacy technician, and surgical technologist apprenticeship programs. It consists of classroom instruction at River Valley Community College in Claremont and paid hands-on learning opportunities at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon. High school students will be able to see first-hand the many roles in health care, including clinical care, supply, infection prevention, nutrition, diagnosis, surgery, and administration, to help them choose their career path.

“We are thrilled to be part of this exciting new pre-apprenticeship program for high school students exploring healthcare careers,” said Jenny Macaulay, head of workforce strategy for Dartmouth Health. . “The goal of this program is to help students make informed choices about their plans after graduation. Creating opportunities for our local youth to enter the workforce with the skills, knowledge and drive to succeed is central to the design of this program and supports DHWRI’s goal of creating a pool sustainable workforce that supports the work and mission of Dartmouth Health. This new program offers young people the opportunity to explore healthcare careers while learning and earning, prepares them to continue working with Dartmouth Health and pursue advanced training and education. »

The first five students will complete the program on June 24 at a ceremony where they will be recognized with a certificate of completion and have the opportunity to interview with Dartmouth Hitchcock Workforce Readiness Institute Apprenticeship Programs.

In registered apprenticeship programs, apprentices learn and develop job skills through on-the-job training under the guidance of mentors. They are considered employees from day one, based on an “earn by learning” model. The underlying idea is that apprentices will become part of an employer’s culture and promote employee retention.

“This new pre-apprenticeship program provides a great opportunity for high school students to kick-start their healthcare careers,” said Mary Ann Gaschnig, CCSNH apprentice and business outreach specialist. “The program provides a unique opportunity for pre-apprentices to play a critical role in supporting the clinical and operational functions of DHMC, while learning as they go. Now more than ever, we need a pool of talented healthcare professionals to meet New Hampshire’s critical workforce needs.

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