High School Program
Working with community partners, Norton Healthcare has developed the Norton Healthcare High School Academy Program. To date, we have supported 30 high school students in career exploration, selection and creation of meaningful work experiences that directly impact patients.
This program was recognized by Jefferson County Public Schools as the “Most Innovative Business Partner 2018.” The program consists of three tiers: high school volunteer, high school academy summer internship and high school academy apprentice.
Tier I: Explorer/high school volunteer
The Tier I volunteer phase allows students to observe health care careers in a hospital, physician practice and pharmacy setting.
The High School Academy Program enabled Marion C. Moore High School student Josh Kaum to volunteer in the Norton Audubon Hospital emergency department. Josh discovered the fast-paced, high-stakes environment features a caring dimension he is looking for in a career.
“I had an amazing experience,” Josh said. “I was checking on patients, giving blankets and pillows, and learning how emergency medical care is delivered. I witnessed all the emotions the patients, nurses and doctors experience, and learned that caring is constant through all the highs and lows. I feel like this environment is just what I’m looking for.”
Tier II: High School Academy summer internship
The summer internship phase offers continuous learning for junior-level students who have reached age 17. They work and learn prior to transitioning into their senior year. The students participate in a two-week acute care nurse assistant training program. In return, they receive 3 hours of college credits at Jefferson Community and Technical College.
Once the training course is completed, the students attend Norton Healthcare system orientation and training for the role of patient care associate, Norton Medical Group staff member or pharmacy tech, and start as full-time employees in their areas of interest.
During the summer internship, students have hands-on experience through electronic medical records charting, assisting in patient care and interacting with families, health care professionals and patients. The students continue to have the support of the Norton Healthcare Office of Workforce Development through individualized career coaching and professional mentorship.
Dalianni, Marion C. Moore High School student, said, “This program can be very rewarding because you will get to help many people. You will also get to build a second family, as I did with my unit.”
Tier III: High School Academy apprentice
As employees in their senior year of high school, students will expand their scientific knowledge of health care and have an opportunity for the following:
- Job shadowing and career exploration
- Monthly clinical symposiums
- Evidence-based projects