Inspiring the next generation of leaders has been a top priority for the City of Minneapolis, and recently, Fairview was recognized for helping make that vision a reality.
AchieveMpls, a strategic non-profit partner of the Minneapolis Public Schools, selected Fairview as a Program Ally for the 2015 fiscal year. The recognition honors organizations that invest time and talent into a range of various programs.
“There are great needs in the community and we need to prepare our future workforce,” says Laura Beeth, Fairview system director of talent acquisition. “This honor recognizes Fairview’s commitment to helping our youth succeed through meaningful vocational experiences.”
Fairview has been an active partner with AchieveMpls since 2008, and in that time, provided more than 75 student internship opportunities through the STEP UP program.
Interns were placed in various direct patient care areas, which allowed them to not only have an impact on day-to-day operations but allowed our employees the opportunity to guide and mentor our future workforce.
“Experiential learning opportunities provide these students with exposure to many healthcare professions,” says Laura. “In addition, these students are provided a wage, so they don’t have to choose between working at a fast food restaurant or participating in this program.”
In addition to the STEP Up program, Fairview has also actively been involved with the Pre-Employment HealthCare Training Committee (PETH) for the past two years.
The committee, among other things, hosts a one-day training to prepare students for their internships, help them better understand the range of health careers available and demonstrate the underlying skills essential to success.
Students participate in various activities such as learning about hospital culture, engaging in role play related to customer service and discussing the importance of patient confidentiality and HIPAA. They also participate in a career fair and hear from professionals in the field about their career journeys.
Laura says the benefits of the program apply to both the students themselves and to participating organizations such as Fairview.
“Minneapolis is becoming more and more diverse, but at the same time there are educational achievement gaps between white students and students of color. Many students of color do not have professional social networks to help them develop career and educational goals,” says Laura. “Fairview HR and our operational leaders are working together to place these students and provide meaningful experiential learning opportunities.”
If you are interested in getting involved, Laura says they are always looking for department leaders who have a passion for mentoring youth and are willing to speak about their vocation and career path.
Learn more about job opportunities or internships at Fairview: http://jobs.fairview.org/education-training/