Applications still being accepted for Take Care of Your Future March break camp

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Posted Jan 19th, 2010

Niagara, Ontario: Grade 11 and 12 students serious about careers in healthcare will be invited behind the scenes to learn about educational and work opportunities in Niagara as part of the third consecutive March Break camp hosted by the Niagara Health System (NHS) and six community partners.

Take CARE of Your Future (Career Awareness and Resource Exploration) will be offered this year from March 15 to 19. Twenty-four students from Niagara secondary schools will be selected for this exciting program in which they will interact with healthcare professionals, participate in exciting interactive presentations and workshops and meet peers with similar interests and goals. Students will be taken on tours of the various departments throughout the hospital and visit the Brock University Simulation Laboratory where they will learn how to perform medical procedures on patient simulators, which are human-like manikins. 
“As this program has evolved over the past three years, we have developed some wonderful partnerships and this year will enjoy the inclusion of our McMaster University medical students,” says Nancy Dillon, NHS Volunteer Resources Coordinator and Co-organizer of the event. 

“This program was developed to provide students with a better understanding of all of the healthcare career opportunities so they can make informed decisions about their career goals and ensure that they are on the right academic path,” says Dillon. “Canada is facing a critical shortage of healthcare workers, and this career exploration program is an exciting recruitment opportunity for the NHS.”

Community partners Brock University, Niagara College, Business Education Council, District School Board of Niagara, Niagara Catholic District School Board, and Niagara Workforce Planning Board, provide resources, support and planning expertise to the initiative. 

Applications for this exciting program are still being accepted. Only 24 spots are available, and the deadline to apply is Friday, January 22. All applicants will be reviewed by a selection committee. To qualify, students must be a Niagara secondary school student in Grade 11 or 12 with an interest in a career in healthcare.

Program and application information has been sent to all secondary schools in the Niagara region and can also be found atwww.niagaraworkforceboard.ca or www.employerregistry.ca/niagara

For more information, contact

Caroline Bourque Wiley
Consultant, Public Affairs
905-378-4647, ext. 43113
cwiley@niagarahealth.on.ca

Niagara Health System