Gannon, UPMC Hamot and the Erie School District Provide a Fast Track to Health Care Careers

Posted: May 30, 2013

Careers in health care are among the fastest-growing in the economy, both nationally and locally. Gannon University and UPMC Hamot's Center for Inclusion are teaming up with the Erie School District to promote career exploration at the 2013 Fast Track to Health Care Careers event on Thursday, May 30, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. and from 1 pm. to 2:15 p.m., at Heart Institute at UPMC Hamot, 120 East 2nd St.

This activity involves Gannon instructors from the Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences and UPMC employees from various clinical and nonclinical professions discussing their careers with approximately 75 high school juniors from the Gaining Options for College Collaborative (GO College) program. The professionals will also answer a set of prepared questions submitted to them by the students with students rotating in small groups to each table interviewing professionals for approximately five to 10 minutes each.

The reverse interview setting provides a unique opportunity for students to explore health care careers, to understand the importance of education and the planning it requires, and to improve communication skills. Fast Track to Health Care Careers is designed not only help to increase students' awareness of various health care roles, but also to introduce them to non-traditional professions in health care.

"This event offers a unique opportunity for students to learn about health care careers from local professionals. The variety of professions represented will provide students with insight into the range of careers available in a health care setting - a much wider range than students typically know. We are excited to share this experience with our GO College juniors, and we look forward to further events to promote career exploration," said Amy James,  High School Coordinator for GO College

GO College, a collaboration between the City of Erie School District, Gannon University's Erie-GAINS (Erie-Gannon Alliances to Improve Neighborhood Sustainability) initiative and General Electric, is a multi-dimensional educational program aimed at academic enrichment, college exposure and service-learning at Erie's Strong Vincent High School.