Pathways students get a dose of real-life knowledge from healthcare workers

Pathways students get a dose of real-life knowledge from healthcare workers

Students Jimena Castro, center, and Talia Santomaro are part of the Pathways in Technology Early College High School who got the chance to speak with professionals in the healthcare field during a mentoring program last Thursday.

NORTH PROVIDENCE – North Providence High School students in the Pathways in Technology Early College High School, or P-TECH Academy, recently teamed up with partners in the health-care field for a mentoring program kickoff event.

The event, which took place last Thursday, Nov. 30, gave students the opportunity to ask questions about the health-care field from those working in it and included team building and leadership skills exercises. Mentors will work directly and regularly with P-TECH students, as they earn their high school diplomas and associate’s degrees from Community College of Rhode Island, free of charge.

“For our students to be able to gain knowledge in the classroom and take that knowledge into the workplace at a very young age provides endless opportunities for our students,” said Melissa Caffrey, who serves as the P-TECH director at NPHS. “We want to personally thank them for taking on this challenge.”

The program will help bring opportunities to students, such as internships and work experience, allowing students to learn firsthand from individuals working in health care.

“One of the most instrumental components of this program is building community – between our students, between our teachers, and between our mentors from the industry,” Caffrey said.

Mentors taking part in the Nov. 30 event were from Brookdale Senior Living, Our Lady of Fatima Hospital, Golden Crest Nursing Centre, New England Emergency Medical Training RI, Lifespan, CVS, Pappas Physical Therapy and Ferguson Animal Hospital.

Amauri English, left, and Sujeily Torres raise their hands to ask healthcare professionals questions during a mentoring program at North Providence High School last Thursday.
Seanna Daye, left, and Hannah Norton are part of the mentoring program at North Providence High School.