A grant through Workforce Wayne provided high school students with the opportunity to learn about careers in the health care industry on Friday.


A grant through Workforce Wayne provided high school students with the opportunity to learn about careers in the health care industry on Friday.

Nine students from Honesdale High School heard from health professionals at the Wayne Memorial Hospital through the “Exploring Wayne County's Targeted Career Pathways” grant program.

“We're trying to get these kids career-focused,” said John Kretschmer, a business teacher at Honesdale High School.

Through the grant, students are able to learn from professionals in the field or have speakers come to their school.

There was $11,375 available for the career pathways grant, which was funded by the Wall Street West initiative.

“Over 500 students were impacted by these funds,” said Jennifer Porter, director of Workforce Initiatives at Workforce Wayne.

Twenty-five teachers from four Wayne County school districts have written grant programs through the career pathways grant.

At the Wayne Memorial Hospital, students listened to a registered dietitian, an in-house doctor, and occupational and physical therapists, among others.

“Not all health professionals are doctors and nurses,” said Joyce Malicky, the volunteer coordinator for the Wayne Memorial Hospital.

Students also heard from the information technology office, business office and human resources.

Whether or not the students will come away with an interest in the health industry is up to them, said Malicky. “They are interested in medical professions, but this can help them realize what they really want to do,” she said.

The Wayne Memorial Hospital has another way for students to gain some hands-on experience in the health profession.
Young people interested in volunteering in different departments at the WMH can now apply for the summer “Teens for Health” program.

Students involved in Teens for Health volunteer at the Wayne Memorial Hospital in all areas of the hospital: Human Resources, Pharmacy, Community Health, Laboratory, among others.

Those interested in volunteering can do so by calling (570) 253-8737, or e-mail Joyce Malicky at: malicky@wmh.org.