Employees Serve as Career Coaches for Henninger 9th Graders
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
About 30 Laboratory Alliance employees served as volunteer career coaches for Henninger High School 9th grade students participating in the Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) program. The 35 students enrolled in the Clinical Lab Technology and Health Information Technology programs met with the coaches at Laboratory Alliance’s Corporate Office on March 1.
Laboratory Alliance is part of a collaborative partnership between the Syracuse City School District and Onondaga and SUNY Broome community colleges to train high school students for careers in the health care industry.
The students met with Laboratory Alliance’s volunteer coaches in small discussion groups that helped them to learn about the many departments and job positions and the vast range of required skills. For two hours they asked questions, toured the information systems facility and participated in hands-on exercises that reviewed lab devices including test tubes, slides and microscopes.
Laboratory Alliance’s career coaches included medical technicians and technologists, cytotechnologists, microbiologists, laboratory office assistants, technical directors and vice presidents. The staff represented nearly every department of the laboratory and corporate offices, including the cytology, microbiology, chemistry and histology departments, information systems, human resources, payroll and benefits, research, central receiving and customer service.
Laboratory Alliance’s career coaches are Michael Adetu, Brenda Alkins, Michelle Botwinick, Laura Buehler, Robin Corlis, Sara D’Arcy, Sara Elsafty, Jeremy Fuller, Barbara Guiffrida, Brenda Henry, Roseanne Ianuzi, Mark Jordan, Matthew Kinsley, Daria Lebduska, Jodi Lippke, Sue Maloney, Lazaro Martinez, Dave Mineo, Sarah Pluff, Katie Raimondo, Heidi Ricci, Rita Romano, Debra Shannon, Angela Smith, Jessica Spicer, James Swank, Morgan Thomas, Samantha Thompson and Jennifer Walczyk.
The 35 ninth-graders enrolled in the P-TECH Health Careers Academy will graduate in five to six years with a high school diploma, an associate’s degree, industry-recognized credentials and preference for local jobs. Associate’s degrees in clinical lab technology or health information technology are offered through Onondaga and SUNY Broome community colleges. Laboratory Alliance provides employee mentors to the students, and will allow the students to be “first in line” for jobs after they graduate. Every year, the program will accept another 35 students.
At the start of the program last August, students in the Clinical Lab Technology program visited Laboratory Alliance’s main laboratory and learned first-hand what is involved in becoming a laboratarian.