Rockwood students are gaining hands-on experience in finance, medicine, engineering, science research and the arts through Project Interface this summer. Offered to students entering their senior year of high school, students spend 75 hours engaged in an in-depth career exploration with an area business partner. At the culmination of the program, students complete a presentation in front of Project Interface staff, the business partner and invited guests.
Healthcare careers are some of the most sought after professions in Project Interface. This summer, 11 Rockwood students had the opportunity to meet with Gary Olson, chief executive officer of St. Luke’s Hospital. During the visit, Olson spoke with students about healthcare initiatives, the cost of healthcare and what he enjoys most about his job. When asked what makes St. Luke’s one of the most recognized hospitals in the area, Olson responded, “The people.”
Lafayette High School senior Elissa Abd was among a group of several students to present her internship experiences on July 25. Abd, who was partnered with Walgreen’s pharmacists, received a first-hand look at pharmacy care in diabetics, HIV AIDS and fertility treatments. Pam Marshall, a district pharmacy supervisor at Walgreens, complimented Abd on her passion, dedication and professionalism throughout the project.
Eureka High School students Emma Green and Jill Haake spent their summer at the Contemporary Art Museum. Their challenge was to curate an entire exhibit room while working with a group of 12 people. Through this experience, Green and Haake strengthened their communication and collaboration skills as they developed an exciting artistic display. Tuan Nguyen, education manager at the museum, said the students’ art exhibit opening was well received by guests.
Partners in Education Supervisor Kim Litzau said Rockwood would not be able to bring these resources to students without the support of local businesses. “We have a supportive business community and we appreciate their time and willingness to share their talents with students.”
Learn more about Project Interface
Contact Linda Souder, Project Interface Facilitator
(636-733-2128) or firstname.lastname@example.org