Celebrating the receipt of a grant from the Northeastern Pennsylvania Healthcare Foundation are (above, front, from left) Laura Ducceschi, SAF President/CEO, NEPA HCF Administrator; Dr. Jeremiah Eagen, NEPA HCF Board Member; Debra Tierney, NTIEC Educational Coordinator; Shealynn Shave, NTIEC Executive Director; James Clemente, NEPA HCF Board Chair; Natalie Gelb, NEPA HCF Board Member; Michele McGowan, NEPA HCF Board Member; (back) the Honorable Terrence Nealon, NEPA HCF Board Member; Robert Knowles, NEPA HCF Board Member; Dr. Christopher Dressel, NEPA HCF Board Member; and Mark Mitchell, NEPA HCF Board Member
Northern Tier Industry & Education Consortium (NTIEC) was awarded a multi-year grant in December 2018 totaling $15,000 from Northeastern Pennsylvania Health Care Foundation to assist with their Wyoming County Community Mentoring for At Risk Youth program. The goal of this program is to identify youth who are at risk of dropping out of school or who have barriers in their personal life and assist them in finding and confirming potential career interests. Historically, the healthcare sector in the northern tier has struggled to staff positions due partially to the rural nature of the area. Under this grant, NTIEC will provide direct interaction with healthcare employers and workplace mentors regarding career opportunities and educational requirements for those students who have been identified. We will accomplish this by arranging for workplace tours, job shadowing experiences, hospital internships; conducting a healthcare career day at the local career and technology center; providing coaching on educational pathways and practical advice on entering and advancing in the career field. There has been measurable success by exposing local students to careers in healthcare and NTIEC hopes to continue this trend with this grant.