Twenty-four students from Oneida, Herkimer and Madison counties had the opportunity to work in various departments at Faxton-St. Luke’s Healthcare this summer through the School and Business Alliance Summer Youth Employment Program. From ambulatory surgery and the emergency department to case management and health information management, students were assigned to work throughout the organization for five weeks.
Students were mentored by on-site SABA career specialists and FSLH professionals in the assigned field.
“It is important for the future of our region that we highlight healthcare careers, because every year we need more and more talented, energetic people to fill these vital jobs,” said Alice J. Savino, executive director of the Workforce Investment Board, in a news release. “This program has a positive impact on students as well as the hospital. It gives everyone a lift; the students have so much enthusiasm that it rubs off on the staff and even the patients.”
The purpose of the SYEP is to build students’ awareness of the job opportunities in healthcare, increase the likelihood of students to pursue a career in the field and to establish pre-employment skills applicable to any business organization, the release stated. “I loved working at Faxton-St. Luke’s,” said Derrin Lilley, a recent graduate of Proctor High School and a participant in the SYEP, in the release. “I’ve always been interested in knowing what goes on behind the scenes of a hospital. Now, I am able to imagine myself working in a place like this. After being an employee here for several weeks, I’ve learned I want to be a part of a fast-paced environment and to make a difference in my community. If it wasn’t for this program, I wouldn’t be as sure as I am about my future.”
“It’s a great opportunity to be involved in the development of our work force,” said Sharon Palmer, director of project management and support services at FSLH, and SABA employee supervisor, in the release. “It is important to mentor the youth in our community because they are our future leaders.”