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Students go to the hospital

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Nearly 80 KPBSD high school students went to the hospital on Tuesday, February 26, 2014. Fortunately, this was not a critical incident, and no ambulances or triage teams were needed. Instead, the proactive teens were present on their own initiative to learn about the fastest growing career track in Alaska and the nation at Central Peninsula Hospital.

During the 2014 Hospital Career Day students learned about careers in the Diagnostics, Therapeutic, Medical Information, and Environmental fields. Hospital employees shared their passion and commitment to their chosen occupations, and provided students valuable tips about how to prepare for a career in a hospital setting. At the midday lunch, Peninsula Job Center personnel provided an overview of the Alaska Career Information System and outlined how the program can be used to locate information on occupations, financial aid, and post-secondary institutions. Students left armed with information about potential scholarships, volunteer opportunities with the hospital, and insight into providing quality customer service.

The partnership between Central Peninsula Hospital and the KPBSD Career and Technical Education Department provides students with real-world connections that can prove to be valuable in the development of a student Personal Learning and Career Plan. Students were encouraged to follow-up with their school counselors or career and college guides for more information about pursuing a career in the health sciences.

“The need for our students to tie their academic learning to the world of work is paramount to their future success,” said Dr. Steve Atwater, superintendent. “We thank CPH for their generous partnership that allows our students to do this.”

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