WALLENPAUPACK - Hosted by Wallenpaupack Area School District, the Health Care and Biomedical CareerLinking Academy took place between Monday June 16th, and Friday June 20th.
   Career Coordinator Mrs. Edwards and Mrs. Kilduff, elementary art teacher, arranged for seventeen high school students to learn about the health care and biomedical fields by participating in several activities and programs relating to those areas.
      Workforce Wayne coordinator Cheryl Duquette presented a PowerPoint, specifically targeting careers in which these students were interested.
      During the week-long academy, Edwards and Kilduff scheduled field trips to Wayne Memorial Hospital, University of Scranton, Marywood University, Luzerne County Community College, McCann School of Business, Musculoskeletal Foundation, Lackawanna College/Lake Region, and The Commonwealth Medical College, where professionals introduced the young adults to their careers or highlighted their available programs:  radiology, nursing, biomedical technology, physical therapy, medical technology, and physician assistant. 
     From the Musculoskeletal Foundation, the students learned about tissue grafts, organ procurement, and tissue recovery as well as patient and family care.
      Importantly, the students were able to observe skilled professionals who were actively working with specialized equipment, conducting research, or addressing public relations needs.  Expressing their gratitude to the universities, colleges, and organizations, Kilduff and Edwards insisted that the professionals’ willingness to participate and their generous hospitality contributed to the academy’s success.
     Edwards and Kilduff also arranged for the students to hear from someone who is currently enrolled in a medical program.  Wallenpaupack alumna, Gina Rositto, discussed her experiences as a senior pre-med student at Lehigh University.
       Rositto particularly wanted the high school students to understand the rigor and dedication that they will need to devote to their studies if they decide to pursue such a degree.
      “Commitment to helping people and being involved in the health care community is beneficial,” Rositto stressed.  Additionally, becoming involved with medical organizations and clubs helps students to gain insight about its diverse aspects.
     As part of the program’s closing presentation, Edwards and Kilduff awarded each a certificate of achievement and commended the students for choosing to explore career options.  Mrs. Edwards emphasized, “This was an outstanding group of individuals who took the initiative to invest in their futures and to make solid decisions about education planning.” 
       Dr. Starnes, Wallenpaupack Area High School principal, congratulated the students and acknowledged the parents’ willingness to support early career planning.