At Witham, we know that many of the next generation of caregivers and staff are right here in our community, in the midst of their high school careers. We have programs in place that allow high school students to experience working in a hospital setting, whether they simply want to volunteer and help others or if they are considering a meaningful career in the health care field.
Want to know what it's like to work in an emergency department or on a med/surg floor? Would you like to shadow a doctor or nurse to learn more about what they do on a daily basis? If so, then consider joining Witham's Volunteens program. Students in grades 9-12 are eligible to participate in Volunteens. As a Volunteen, you commit to 48 hours of volunteer service at Witham (over a 6-12 month period). We benefit from your community service, and you build your future college resume and experience the real working environment of a hospital.
To apply, complete a volunteer application [hyperlink to pdf] and fax or email it to the contact listed on the application.
Many people with disabilities lead very productive lives and careers. Witham offers ICE (DEFINE), a multi-occupational training program in health occupations, to give students with disabilities valuable work experience, training, career exploration and job shadowing opportunities. Every year, ICE prepares students with disabilities for paid community employment and increased independence.
- Targets students in grades 11-12 with exceptional educational needs and those considered at-risk
- Four quarterly work sessions, each lasting nine weeks
- Morning or afternoon shift, depending on class schedule
- Classroom components include: career exploration, on-the-job-training issues, wellness issues, problem solving, personal economics, speakers/guests, job keeping skills, daily self-evaluation, independent living issues, Witham rules and regulations, job seeking skills, and leisure time planning
- Transportation provided by school
- High school credit awarded
Health Career Scholarship
The Witham Volunteer Organization sponsors a $500 scholarship for a Boone County high school senior furthering his or her education in a health care related field. The first half of the scholarship is awarded in August and the second half in December, provided the student remains in the health care field.
You can pick up a scholarship application in your guidance counselor's office. You'll be required to submit the following:
- school transcript
- brief statement detailing career goals, expectations and why you're pursuing a health care career
- information concerning special interests, honors, awards, extracurricular and community activities, volunteering activities and jobs