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Bon Secours proposing internship program for city students
May 6, 2014
News | 4 min read
May 6, 2014
Richmond high school students could soon benefit from the city’s growing relationship with Bon Secours.
At today’s School Board meeting, the company is expected to propose the creation of a six-week internship program for students who live in the East End.
It will initially involve up to five students at a time and will include job skills mentoring from M.H. West & Co. Inc., a Richmond-based management consulting firm.
If the idea wins support of the board and Superintendent Dana T. Bedden, the students will shadow doctors at Richmond Community Hospital, a Bon Secours facility on 28th Street, and receive in-depth information about health care professions.
“It’s the beginning of a conversation,” said Charlotte Perkins, performance management officer and spokeswoman for Bon Secours.
“It’s a way to give students an opportunity. We’re hoping they (get inspired) to enter the health care field.”
Marilyn West, CEO of M.H. West & Co., said her company would help those students learn how to make the most of their time.
“You can be the brightest person in the world, but if you can’t communicate, things aren’t going to go well,” she said.
“Image is everything. We’re going to teach them how to be job ready, teach them what leadership means as a job skill.”
Perkins said the program was part of the company’s East End expansion, which began last year when the company signed on as title sponsor of the Redskins training facility.
The presentation today will be the first time the city’s nine School Board members formally hear about the idea. But it won’t come as a surprise. Bedden is pushing hard to change the way the city approaches career and technical education, and this kind of program fits in with that.
During a meeting Tuesday with local business leaders, he said he hoped to see greater business community involvement in the school system. He specifically mentioned the possibility of businesses sponsoring programs that would directly benefit them.
“Internships provide opportunities for students to explore careers that match their academic and personal interests, as well as develop appropriate workplace social-behavioral skills and industry-specific abilities,” he said Thursday.
“These real-world connections offer many advantages for our students, allowing them to see other parts of the city and meet different people who they may not normally interact with.”
During today’s meeting, the School Board is also expected to:
The School Board announced that it will hold its first governance training session, beginning at 6 p.m. May 27 in City Hall. Several board members have asked for formal training since seven newcomers joined the board in January 2013.
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