Archive for Thursday, December 10, 2009

Students take LCDC field trip

December 10, 2009

Since seventh grade, Haley Hart, a senior at Basehor-Linwood High School, has known that she wanted to work with babies.

When the opportunity came up for BLHS students to take a tour of a hospital and learn more about the healthcare field, she accepted the invitation.

“This was very informative,” she said about the tour through Cushing Memorial Hospital. “It has definitely reinforced what I wanted to do.”

About 40 students from BLHS, Leavenworth and Pleasant Ridge high schools attended the Leavenworth County Development Corporation’s first-ever classroom-to-career event on Thursday.

Victoria Rowley, LCDC economic development coordinator, said the goal of the program was to help build a more skilled workforce from within the county.

She said there currently are many unfilled positions in the county, despite the county’s 7.2 percent unemployment rate, because many of the open positions require specific skills not possessed by the unemployed.

Rowley said she hoped this program would help reverse the unemployment figures by making sure the county’s available work force meets employers’ needs.

“We are providing the resources and knowledge so students know what type of education they need to enter into the workforce,” she said about the program.

This particular event focused on the healthcare industry. Students were taken on a tour of different areas of the hospital and heard presentations from hospital employees.

Nancy Silverforb, BLHS counselor, along with Jarred Fuhrman, BLHS assistant principal, joined the 13 Basehor teens on the field trip.

Silverforb said this field trip was beneficial because it was informative and allowed students to start building relationships in their chosen fields.

To make it easier on the schools, Cushing Memorial Hospital paid to bus the students from their schools to the hospital, and also paid for their lunch.

Ron Baker, the hospital’s CEO, said he was glad to do it because the healthcare industry needs as many bright young people as it can get.

LCDC is planning another classroom-to-career event for 2010 focusing on the information technology field and manufacturing fields.

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