(March 12, 2018) -- Eden Health District, Castro Valley Eden Area Chamber of Commerce, Eden Area Regional Occupational Program (EdenROP) and Castro Valley High School, have joined forces to provide work-based learning Internships for local high school students. As a result, there is a very sharp high school student working the halls of Baywood Court Retirement Center this semester.
Jonathan Huang, a 16-year-old junior at CV High with a 4. GPA, was leaning toward a medical career in Pediatrics before he started his 3-day a week internship two months ago. “But now I’ve found a purpose…a passion. It’s heart-warming to be working with the residents here,” says Huang. “It makes my day!” Whether it’s participating with seniors in their therapeutic art classes, a game of Bocci Ball, brain fitness exercises, or “sometimes just listening,” it’s apparent many of the 300 Baywood residents have managed to influence Huang’s career direction. If you ask Huang now what medical field he might pursue, the answer is without hesitation, “Geriatric Nursing.”
“This is our opportunity to mentor bright young people who are already focused on their roles in society,” says Bruce Uldelf, Baywood’s Executive Director. “I believe we have a responsibility to develop future generations to learn about this field. Retirement communities are the wave of the future…with the aging of “boomers,” we’re probably looking at more retirement communities than Starbuck coffee shops.”
Students are thoroughly vetted before “Host Companies,” like Baywood Court, provide them with a safe, educational work place. “They are interviewed, attend mandatory Internship orientation classes, and are well prepared for what their real-world experience has to offer,” says Kim Hudson, Work Based Learning Program Director, Castro Valley Eden Area Chamber of Commerce.
For more information on the Internship program contact: Kim Hudson, Work Based Learning Program Director, Castro Valley Eden Area Chamber of Commerce, (510) 537-5300 or Jonnie Banks (510) 861-7613.
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