Last month, fourteen Rochester City School District students participating in the Youth Apprenticeship Program at Rochester General Hospital had an opportunity to have lunch with Rochester General Health System’s President & CEO, Mark Clement, as well as with Rochester General Hospital’s President, Bob Nesselbush. All of the participating students earned a GPA of 3.5 or higher on their report cards. This is especially impressive, given the personal challenges our students are faced with on a daily basis. We will continue to celebrate the academic success of Youth Apprenticeship Program students every marking period.
HISTORY OF THE YOUTH APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM AT RGH
In 1989, a group of individuals from Bioscience and Health Careers at Benjamin Franklin High School and Rochester General came together with a vision to give high school students in the Rochester City School District the opportunity to gain “real-life” work experience in healthcare. Over two decades later, students from the Rochester City School District continue to seize the opportunity to work side-by-side with the healthcare professionals at Rochester General Hospital through a two-year comprehensive paid internship.
The program has blossomed from its first enrollment of 13 students to our current group of 40 students.
Over the last 10 years, the youth apprenticeship program has had a 100% high school graduation rate and a 100% college acceptance rate. A majority of our graduates choose a major/career in the healthcare field after participating in our program.
For more information about the Youth Apprenticeship Program at Rochester General Hospital, please visit our website here.
If your organization is interested in exploring the possibility of a youth co-op program, we would be happy to speak with you about our experiences in developing and growing a successful youth apprenticeship program.