Thirty-five students from local school districts in Niagara and Genesee Counties participated in a Mentoring Day event at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center on March 28th.
Ken Jones, former Buffalo Bills player, presented to students the importance of learning skills and utilizing them within all job and career opportunities.
Students had an opportunity to explore various career fields within the hospital and participate in hands-on activities with the staff from 13 different departments. In the surgery department, students dressed in official hospital scrubs and used a laparoscopic robot to pick up candy and cauterize a hot dog, which gave them an inside look into the world of minimally invasive surgery. In the Maintenance Department, the students learned how to rebuild a doorknob and talked about the importance of that department in the day-to-day operations in the hospital.
This event was made possible by the collaboration of several agencies, including Erie 1 BOCES Community Employment Specialists, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, Community Services for Every 1, Closing the Gaps, People, Inc., ACCES-VR, Orleans/Niagara BOCES Transition Specialist and the Western New York Employment Consortium.