Providence is Calling - helping youth to choose careers in health care 

Providence volunteers at the Youth Expo in Portland, Oregon. 

From left to right, Providence volunteers Victor Bayley, a nurse at rovidence St Vincent Medical Center, Craig Rubio, Shelly Yoder, OR region HR, and Bryan Walcott, OR RIS, help man the booth at the Youth Expo in Portland.

On Tuesday, May 11, 2010, teams representing Providence Health & Services Oregon Region and System Support Services collaborated to participate in the Northwest Youth Career Expo in Portland. The Career Expo is an unique, regional career fair designed to counsel and educate youth regarding local, living wage careers throughout the Pacific Northwest. As a primary sponsor and industry anchor of the event, Providence showcased a range of health care careers to college and high school students in the local area.

Nearly 6,000 students attended the event. Several Providence communities participated from schools ranging from Centralia to Salem, Seaside to Hood River. Providence had a number of enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers who shared their professional expertise and personal experiences with these amazing young people.

At the same time as the Career Fair, Providence employees also joined more than 97 other HR volunteers, who together gave a total of 1,453 mock interviews during the day. That’s an average of almost 16 mock interviews per volunteer.

“The net results of our efforts translated into real value to the school districts in our regional area," said Penny McBain, one of the organizers of the event. "Each student who completed the mock application/interview activity received an officially sanctioned ‘Career Related Learning Requirement’ (CRL) certificate which fulfills a graduation requirement in Oregon Public Schools.”

Many of the comments from volunteers at the end of the day validated how prepared the students were and how pleasantly surprised the volunteers were by the level of maturity, focus and direction of the students. A special thanks to Julanne Sandoz, Shelly Yoder, Linda Stent, Bryan Walcott, Ryan McLean, Denise Speaks, Marilyn Bushway, Victor Bayley, Craig Rubio, Henry Lingat and everyone else who contributed to our success.