The Thumb Community Health Partnership (TCHP) is pleased to announce a new program to help answer this question. A grant award, in the amount of $99,870 from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund will fund after school career programs. Programs support pursuit of health and human service careers in Huron, Lapeer, Sanilac, and Tuscola Counties. Schools that are interested in hosting a program can submit an interest form by July 15th. For programs dates and registration, follow us on Facebook/ThumbHealth. Contact Kay Balcer at email@example.com or 989-553-2927 with questions.
Who will be our service providers in 5, 10, 15 years?
St. Clair Community College- April 28th
MI Stem Career Awareness Huron County- May 19th
MI Stem Career Awareness Tuscola County- May 26th
MI Stem Career Awareness Sanilac County- June 2nd
Saginaw Valley State University Employment Fair
TCHP had the opportunity to attend their first college employment fair! We had the opportunity to share information about our 20 partnering organizations and share information about the Thumb! We highlighted that the Thumb is "more than just a paycheck" when it comes to culture and work environment of all of our partnering organizations. Over the course of the day we met with 45 students ranging from students in the nursing program, marketing, and psychology programs at SVSU. Many of the students were happy to hear we had opportunities for all of them across the Thumb.
Healthcare Career Guest Speakers
During the Fall 2021, the Thumb Community Health Partnership educated the students in the Health Science Programs at each of the four counties tech centers about different careers that are available in the Thumb. 16 different guest speakers came to talk to the students about their careers. A few careers students learned about included: Respiratory Therapy, Social Work, Health Education, & Emergency Preparedness Coordinator careers. Over 120 students were able to participate and learn about the many opportunities available right here in the Thumb!
Career Day- Huron ISD
TCHP gave students the opportunity to “Think Outside the Bowl” when it comes to choosing a career option in the health and human service field. 183 students over the course of the day had an opportunity to learn about the many career opportunities that are available right here in the Thumb. They completed a short 5 question survey in which they indicated the career paths they were interested. They also were asked if they planned on coming back or staying in Huron County. Of the 183 responses, 62 students had an interest in health care. Of the respondents, 36% of the students said they would move back or stay in Huron County; while 46% said maybe. As TCHP moves forward with workforce development activities, we hope to impact the 46% of students that are unsure about coming back to the area by highlighting the endless opportunities that are available right in their own community!
“Think outside the bowl when it comes to healthcare careers”
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