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Published on March 27, 2017

UNC Lenoir Health Care Partners with Students@Work

Last week, UNC Lenoir Health Care joined Greene County schools and other businesses across North Carolina for Students@Work Week.

The goal of the week was for businesses to help middle school students see the opportunities that exist in the workplace and to gain knowledge of the career skills needed to obtain those jobs in their community.

Students@Work is a joint initiative between the North Carolina Business Committee for Education (NCBCE) and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Throughout the week, students took part in job shadowing or job mentoring programs to help them connect what they are learning in the classroom with the real world of work in their communities.

UNC Lenoir Health Care participated in the program by hosting ten students in a job shadowing program, along with learning sessions, last Friday, March 24.

Students heard from a Registered Dietician and Physical Therapy Assistant, and received tours and experience time in the Physical Therapy Department, Radiology Department, and the Lab. “My hope for the students is that their time spent at UNC Lenoir Health Care will pique their interest in careers within the healthcare field. As a result, they may pursue a course of study which will guide them into such a career,” said Jimmy Person, Director of Human Resources at UNC Lenoir Health Care.

This year’s initiative includes more than 150 companies and will affect approximately 24,000 students.

The Students@Work initiative centers its efforts around middle school students because middle school is a crucial time for dropout prevention and also when high school curriculum planning takes place. Direct experience with the workplace helps to demonstrate to students the relevance of education to their future success.