Area high school students are getting exciting hands-on experience as part of a program that invites them to explore careers in the health care field. Now in its third summer, the Holyoke Community College Health Careers Opportunity Program, hosted by the Division of Health and Natural Sciences, helps guide students in finding a career pathway in health or allied health that suits their interests and needs. Twenty-nine students, all entering ninth grade this fall at Dean Technical High School or Holyoke High School, were at HCC July 5-29 to learn about health careers in direct patient care, rehabilitation, therapy, fitness, laboratory science, human services, and careers in the operating room. They visited a variety of Pioneer Valley health organizations and colleges and universities, performed health-related experiments in class, and hosted a variety of health care professionals. From Aug. 1-12, 26 students entering 10th grade at Holyoke High and Dean Tech will learn about various health-related case studies in a new hands-on program utilizing the Division of Health and Natural Sciences Patient Simulation Laboratory.
The Grainger Foundation recently presented a check for $50,000 to the American Red Cross Pioneer Valley Chapter in support of local disaster relief efforts. “We truly appreciate the generosity the Grainger Foundation has shown,” said Maureen Hayes, chapter chair. “Donations like these allow us to continue our important work in the community and make a great difference in the lives of people affected by disaster.” The donation was recommended by John Duffy, branch manager of the W.W. Grainger Inc. Springfield location. “We are proud to support communities throughout New England and New York,” said Duffy. “We understand how important the work of the Red Cross is in times of crisis, and we are grateful for what they have done in the communities where we live and work.” The Grainger Foundation, an independent, private foundation based in Lake Forest, Ill., was established in 1949 by William Grainger, founder of W.W. Grainger Inc.