Fort Hill High School Next Generation Scholars Tour Western Maryland Health System for Career Inspiration
Sophomores gain exposure to diverse industries and educational requirements to plan their future
On Wednesday, November 20, 2019, 18 tenth graders from Fort Hill High School who participate in the Next Generation Scholars program toured Western Maryland Health System for career inspiration. The sophomores visited the hospital to learn about various careers in information technology, radiology, respiratory therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, laboratory work and working in a pharmacy. This is the second year the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education (MBRT)coordinated a day-long field trip for sophomores to enhance education and career awareness as well as promote college completion for high school students.
MBRT designed the career tours to connect students with community businesses and provide opportunities to learn about career choices they may not have previously considered. These connections can also help pave the way for future job shadowing and summer internship opportunities. Throughout the day, students toured facilities and learned about education requirements and what occurs during a typical workday. They also spoke directly with professionals about their industry and their career path.
While visiting the hospital, students toured the various departments within the hospital, they learned about the essential skills, daily responsibilities and necessary education required for each job type. Employees also shared with students why they enjoyed their jobs and underscored the dedication required to work in an environment that is open 24/7. Students also learned that possessing excellent soft skills such as communication and people skills are just as important as knowing hard skills such as operating high-tech machines and increasing a patient’s mobility.
“We were excited to again offer this popular learning experience for our Next Generation Scholars because it is such a valuable opportunity for our students to explore real careers in the community and talk to professionals working in a specific field,” says Brian Dulay, executive director of Maryland Business Roundtable for Education. “Our goal is that students will begin to formulate future plans and strategies about how to get where they want to go and be successful in college, career and life.”
For more than 25 years, MBRT has been connecting the business community with local schools through its Maryland Scholars Speakers Bureau and STEM Specialists in the Classroom programs. In 2017, MBRT added the Next Generation Scholars program, which provides funding through the Howard P. Rawlings Maryland Guaranteed Access Grant, administered by the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC), to enhance education and career awareness as well as college completion for high school students with a demonstrated financial need. The Guaranteed Access Grant provides an award that will help cover the cost of full-time study at a Maryland college or university for low-income families.
MBRT currently serves nearly 2,000 students in six high schools across five counties. The organization is one of several that partner with leadership and school counselors at select schools throughout the state to provide grade-specific services to ensure that students who are part of Next Generation Scholars graduate ready for their next steps in college, career and life. MBRT coordinators help students and parents understand that college is an option for everyone while bridging the knowledge gap that exists for many families about college and their chosen career paths.
Founded in 1992, the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education (MBRT) is a nonprofit coalition of leading employers that have made a long-term commitment to support education reform and improve student achievement in Maryland. MBRT is the catalyst for business, government and education to drive high student achievement that ensures a competitive future workforce for a world-class economy. For more information, please visit http://www.mbrt.org/.
Pictured: Tenth graders from Fort Hill High School in Allegany County who participate in Maryland Business Roundtable for Education (MBRT) Next Generation Scholars program toured Western Maryland Health System for career inspiration on Wednesday, November 20, 2019.