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Presbyterian Partners With The City, APS, CNM, To Offer Educational Program

August 27, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Presbyterian Healthcare Services is excited to partner with the City of Albuquerque, Albuquerque Public Schools and Central New Mexico Community College to offer a unique learning experience for tomorrow’s healthcare professionals.
The Running Start for Careers program is designed to give students a firsthand look at various careers in the healthcare profession. They will learn necessary skills for health career pathways, including: professional behaviors, teamwork, communication skills, legal and ethical responsibilities and cultural considerations in the healthcare industry. Students will also practice problem solving, decision making, personal responsibility and self-management.
“Presbyterian is very excited to participate in the City of Albuquerque’s Running Start for Careers program to provide this opportunity to Albuquerque students,” said Kathy Davis, RN, chief nursing officer for Presbyterian Healthcare Services. “Students will be exposed to a variety of health careers and learn from experienced Presbyterian clinical education instructors while earning dual credits for high school and college.

The Running Start for Careers courses are distinct, in that they provide a direct path to the industry in which students are trying to get jobs; creating opportunities for mentorship, apprenticeships and job opportunities upon completion. Classes will be held at Presbyterian’s Northside campus two days a week.
The Running Start for Careers program was initiated by Mayor Richard J. Berry several years ago to allow industry professions to pass on their knowledge and experience through teaching. The program has grown into a premier trade program offering courses in film, construction/building, hotel and tourism, finance and now healthcare.  
“Running Start for Careers is a unique program that has and will continue to provide employment opportunities to the next generation of learners. We want our high school students to be inspired to learn about a trade or career path that captures their attention and drives them to success,” said Mayor Berry. “We’re giving these kids an opportunity that can launch them into their future career.”
Presbyterian Healthcare Services exists to improve the health of patients, members and the communities we serve. Presbyterian was founded in New Mexico in 1908, and is the state’s only private, not-for-profit healthcare system. Presbyterian offers eight hospitals, a statewide health plan and a growing multi-specialty medical group. Presbyterian is the second largest private employer in New Mexico with more than 9,600 respected employees and growing. 

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