SwedishAmerican establishes Exploring program

Staff Report

Rockford’s SwedishAmerican Health System has established an Exploring program to help area youth explore medical careers.

Exploring is a career education program offered by Irving, Texasbased Learning for Life, a subsidiary of the Boy Scouts of America. Participants are young men and women who are at least 14 (and have completed eighth grade) and not yet 21 years old.

Working in partnership with school guidance counselors, Learning for Life identified a select group of area high school students for participation in SwedishAmerican’s one-year program, which began Oct. 16.

SwedishAmerican is the only local health system to sponsor an Exploring program. Employees from the organizations serve as leaders, working with students once per month to explore a variety of career opportunities, including physical medicine, pharmacy, information technology, respiratory therapy and finance.

Exploring is not about lectures and slide shows, but instead offers practical real-world career experiences that help youth pursue their special interests, grow and develop.

By sponsoring this program, we are taking an active step in developing today’s youth and tomorrow’s leaders,” said SwedishAmerican Director of Information Security Sheryl Y. Head, who serves as one of the program’s leaders.

To learn more about SwedishAmerican’s Exploring program, students may contact their high school guidance counselor, or Lesley Medrano at (815) 961-2394 or Sheryl Head at (779) 696-7224.

Posted Dec. 11, 2013

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