Contact: Julie McKinnon
United Way of Greater Toledo Contact: Tonya Bennert
Summer Employment Program at ProMedica Expands
posted on: 07/15/2013Jack Nagy won’t start pursuing a nursing degree at the University of Toledo until fall but already has started his healthcare career: The 18-year-old Oregon man has a part-time job as a nurse’s aide at ProMedica Bay Park Hospital.
Nagy is one of 74 Toledo area youth with summer jobs at ProMedica who also are getting guidance through a workforce develop partnership with the United Way of Greater Toledo and The Source. The eight-week Summer Youth Employment Program at ProMedica gives participants hands on experience along with exposure to a Junior Achievement career program and financial education/coaching, both of which were added this year.
For Nagy, the summer job gives him the opportunity to help the Oregon hospital’s patients, as well as stock supplies and do other tasks. Nursing is a versatile career with jobs in various settings that also offers opportunities for advanced education, said Nagy, who is licensed as a state tested nursing assistant (STNA) and next wants to become a registered nurse.
“There’s so much you can do with it,” Nagy said. “You can travel. You don’t have to work in a hospital. You can be in so many different places.”
Program participants are working in healthcare, dietary, information technology, administrative office, and other settings in Toledo area ProMedica facilities. ProMedica employees are mentoring program participants, who later could end up with permanent employment, said Luke Barnard, ProMedica’s manager of workforce planning.
“This is a great opportunity for us to help local youth develop a variety of skills,” he said.
Next year, the United Way hopes to use the program at ProMedica as a model for other local employers interested in workforce development. The program at ProMedica kicked off last year as part of Toledo Mayor Mike Bell’s appeal to local businesses to provide youth with summer employment opportunities.
“Our youth are being exposed to a transformational experience,” said Evelyn McKinney, the United Way’s manager of income. “It’s not just fast food. It’s not just punching a clock. It’s being exposed to a real-life process and beginning to think about a plan for their future.”
Like Nagy, Tiera Beasley of Toledo has her STNA license, and this is her first year in the ProMedica program. The Owens Community College nursing student is working in systems reimbursement, where she posts insurance payments and does other office work, and has found Junior Achievement’s “Careers with a Purpose” program helpful.
“It just makes me look at the bigger picture of what I can do,” Beasley said.
The young adults also are working with local partners to increase their financial literacy, including Bank-On Toledo, United North ONE Village Financial Opportunity Center, East Toledo Financial Opportunity Center, and Lutheran Social Services Financial Opportunity Center at Crossroads. They are getting personal coaching to help create positive financial habits and behaviors.
For more information about ProMedica, visit www.promedica.org. For more information about United Way of Greater Toledo, visit www.unitedwaytoledo.org.
Toledo, Ohio-based ProMedica is a mission-based, not-for-profit healthcare organization formed in 1986. ProMedica has more than 14,400 employees and nearly 1,700 physicians with more than 450 healthcare providers employed by ProMedica Physicians. Its 11 hospitals and more than 310 facilities offer comprehensive diagnostic, medical and surgical specialties in heart and vascular, oncology, orthopaedics, neurology, and women and pediatric services. ProMedica’s mission is to improve health and well-being, with a strong focus on wellness and clinical excellence, as well as innovative, community advocacy programs that address health-related issues such as hunger and obesity. For more information, please visit www.promedica.org.
United Way of Greater Toledo, serving Lucas, Wood, and Ottawa counties, changes lives by mobilizing the caring power of the community. United Way is focused on the building blocks for a good life: education, income, and health. Starting at the root, United Way addresses the circumstances that destabilize communities. United Way recruits people and organizations who bring the passion, expertise, and resources needed to get things done. You can give, you can advocate, and you can volunteer – that’s how to LIVE UNITED. For more information, visit www.unitedwaytoledo.org.