High school senior Zack Potter is part of a group of students from Honesdale and Wallenpaupack high schools to participate in the area’s first Project SEARCH internship program.
The national program helps individuals with developmental disabilities find meaningful and competitive employment, according to Wayne Memorial Health System Inc.
The hospital is partnering with the schools for the program. Over the year, the students will participate in three 10-week rotations through various hospital departments, including Environmental Services —where Zack started — the cafeteria, the kitchen, housekeeping, the information desk (clerical), central supply and central services.
“I like the print shop,” Zack, a Honesdale student, said, adding there is “lots to do.”
Participation was a “no-brainer” and the hospital was thrilled to be involved, said Wayne Memorial CEO David Hoff.
“This is a remarkable collaboration between the schools and our community hospital,” said Greg Frigoletto, Wayne Highlands superintendent. “Our ultimate goal is to teach the students the work and life skills that will lead to future employment, demonstrating that these extremely capable young adults can be highly successful and productive citizens in our community.”
Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine’s Alexa Bolock of Waverly was elected a national delegate to the American Association of Medical Colleges’ Organization of Student Representatives for the Northeast Region.
Bolock is a member of the MD class of 2021; each medical school class elects an OSR to represent them at AAMC meetings.
The organization gives medical students a voice in academic medicine at the national level, strives to foster student involvement and awareness at a local level and seeks to ensure that students actively participate in directing their education, according to the school.
Bolock was elected a delegate for community and diversity.
Leadership Lackawanna’s 2018 Executive Program graduates include: James M. Brown, Marywood University; Charles Curtin, the Honesdale National Bank; Brian Daubert, MCR Design Group; Antoinette Hamidian, the Aaron Center Inc.; Lisa M. Imbriaco, Abington Heights High School; Matthew R. Kalinchok, Commonwealth Health; Allan S. Karaffa and Glenn Layaou III, Kronick Kalada Berdy and Co.; Wendy K. Miller, Benco Dental; Suzanne O’Donnell, H.W. Roever Inc.; Richard Rogalewicz, Post Acute Medical Specialty Hospital of Wilkes-Barre; Nick Serniak, NJS Systems and Controls; and James J. Wisnewski Jr., Tobyhanna Army Depot.
The program aids professionals in becoming more engaged in the community, broadens their social network and increases their overall knowledge of the Greater Scranton region, according to the chamber.