Last summer, Kacey Rosales, a determined and vibrant 17-year-old from Don Lugo High School received an internship at the Chino Hills Regional Reference Laboratory as part of the Kaiser Permanente Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). They provide under-served or at-risk high school students with supportive and meaningful employment experiences in the healthcare field. Also known as LAUNCH (Learn About Unlimited New Careers in Healthcare), participants attend professional development and motivational workshops that introduce them careers in healthcare and then participate in a paid internship.
After a successful summer there Kacey started her Freshman year at Cal Poly Pomona majoring in Psychology. When the summer of 2018 rolled around, the folks at the Regional Reference Laboratory hadn't forgotten about Kacey and offered her a full-time summer position as an Administrative Specialist! With this being her first job, Kacey said:
During her time as an Administrative Specialist I, she has learned how to communicate with medical professionals, be on time to work, and schedule speakers for the new cohort of SYEP students. When asked if she had anything else to add, Kacey said, “I was told from a young age that I would not become anything, but being a 14-years-old in the Chino Police Department Explorer Program taught me that they sky’s the limit and the only thing holding you back, is yourself.” We are so proud of this future health professional and wish her much success as she pursues her health career!
Post Note: For the past two years, IHPC has played a role in the development of Kaiser's SYEP at the new Chino Hills Regional Reference Laboratory. Former Outreach Specialist, Ben Machado, worked closely with Elizabeth Castellanos, SYEP coordinator, to facilitate some of the trainings, promote the program, and help recruit, interview, and select health pathway students to participate. Consequently the lab opened their doors for two health site visits the following school year. This year, Outreach Specialist, Alyse Michaelis helped facilitate the 5-week professional development trainings as part of the program and looks forward to working with the lab on additional site visits during the school year. Programs like Kaiser's SYEP and IHPC, strengthen the health professions pipeline and we welcome other opportunities to partner with industry developing the next generation of skilled health professionals in our region.