Posted on November 7, 2016 · Posted in Academic News, Alumni News, Blog, General, News, Press Release

St. Laurence High School is excited to introduce the Medical Career Program, a new offering that will provide valuable experience to students with aspirations to pursue a career in healthcare.

“The Medical Career Program will be a special opportunity for our young men to receive exposure to jobs in healthcare and medicine,” said Pete Lotus ‘94, St. Laurence’s Division Dean of Science and Math. “Not only will our students see what different careers entail, they will get the chance to receive hands-on experience through volunteering at local hospitals.”

Students in Lotus’ anatomy and physiology class will travel to MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn and Little Company of Mary in Evergreen Park throughout the first semester and meet with employees in different areas throughout each hospital. In the second semester, students will choose a specific area to volunteer in at one of the hospitals. In doing so, the students will develop a better understanding of the career options available in the healthcare industry.

“This program adds to the list of opportunities we provide our students that add value to the tuition our families pay,” said St. Laurence President Joe Martinez ’99. “This is a truly unique offering that young men cannot find at other Catholic schools in the area.”

The program was launched with the help of Kevin Scanlan, a 1967 graduate of St. Laurence and former President and CEO of the Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council.

“With over 100 career paths in healthcare, it’s challenging for high school students to know about all the career opportunities,” said Scanlan. “Healthcare is the single largest employer group in the metro Chicago area, offering good paying career opportunities in a variety of fields. The role of the program is to introduce interested students to many of these career opportunities.”

The program kicks off Wednesday, when the group will take a tour of Malcolm X College’s School of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences of Chicago City Colleges.