George Washington High School CareerX Industry Job Exploration Events during the 2015-2016 school year were a huge success. These events, primarily for 9th graders, provide a fantastic opportunity to engage with industry through half day hands on experiences. Intentionally planned, CareerX events allows students to see skills learned in the classroom actually in use in industry. This job shadow style is truly an introduction to a variety of careers and is designed to foster curiosity, questioning and amazement.
Anschutz Medical Campus
Almost 50 GWHS MedConnect students spent the day at Anschutz Medical Campus for their first CareerX Industry Exploration Event. While on campus, students were exposed to different nursing careers, learned how to use some industry equipment, practiced their suturing skills and had a panel discussion with various medical, dental and nursing students. It was a beneficial experience for all, and GWHS looks forward to the next CareerX event in December.
On Tuesday, December 1st, Porter Hospital hosted 11 MedConnect students for an amazing CareerX industry exploration event. During the half day event, students went on medical rotations in Emergency Medicine, Radiology, Nursing and Physical Therapy. The Porter Hospital staff went out of their way to ensure GWHS MedConnect students had hands on opportunities throughout the day!
Southwest Airlines hosted BusinessConnect students from George Washington High School on Friday, April 8, 2016 at Denver International Airport. The CareerX Job Exploration Event exposed students to the various operational elements that go into making Southwest Airlines successful at DIA. The Station Manager, HR Partners, Ramp Managers and Chief Pilots were wonderful hosts and role models for the students. They focused much of the event on reinforcing the importance of Soft Skills such as positive attitude, team work, communication, giving your best, on-time attendance and allowing your passion to show through your work-ethic. BusinessConnect students were given up close and hands-on access to the ramp and aircraft while developing a better understanding of all the aviation careers that exist.
GWHS BusinessConnect students attended a CareerX Job Exploration event at Wells Fargo on Thursday, April 14, 2016. Wells Fargo created a fantastic half day experience that exposed students to creating a real budget based on Wells Fargo salaries, understanding how to make realistic personal, professional and financial goals, as well as attending a small group session on Attributes for Success with Area President Keith Lobis. Students walked away incredibly excited about the day, and for one senior, he felt really good about having a solid financial plan for his first year of college.
MedConnect students became Residents at Kaiser Permanente during their CareerX Job Exploration event last week. During their time at Kaiser, students were tasked with diagnosing a fictitious patient complaining of knee pain. Students met with doctors, lab technicians, physical therapists and nutritionists to create a treatment plan for the patient. It was a great experience for all the promising young doctors attending.
Craig Hospital hosted George Washington MedConnect students for a CareerX job exploration event today. During this powerful and informative experience, students were divided up into several groups in order to get a more intimate and up close understanding of the services Craig provides and how they are the #1 spinal cord and TBI rehabilitation hospital in the country. Students learned all about careers and research in Speech Language Pathology, Recreation Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Research Science and the Driving Team. Students loved getting behind the wheel of an adaptive vehicle, and they left the CareerX experience in awe because as one student stated, “I didn’t even know these careers existed. I am staying in MedConnect.”
University of Colorado
George and Manual MedConnect students at ACEConnect‘s CareerX event at University of Colorado Denver. Students traveled to the downtown Auriara campus and were greeted by some recent graduates of the program. Not only did the college students assist with instruction, but also spoke about taking risk, being passionate and not being afraid to ask for help. During class, MedConnect students were exposed to a college level lecture that included dissection of pigs’ hearts and a visit to the Cadaver Lab. The day concluded with an Anatomy Final in the Cadaver Lab, in which students were expected to use all of their resources from the day. It was a great motivator to all that attended.
BusinessConnect students were welcomed by Denver Public Schools’ Finance Department for a CareerX Job Exploration Event on Tuesday. The event started with students learning that the number one skill DPS Finance looks for in job candidates is Critical Thinking. BusinessConnect students were then split up into teams and worked together on the identical budgeting exercise that potential job candidates are required to complete for an interview. Once students were equipped with some basic budgeting skills, they were then tasked with creating a school budget by making deductions, additions and neutral decisions to bring about positive results for the school population. Everyone was highly engaged and walked away with a better understanding of how difficult it is to make a good budget.