HPS Joins Partners to Announce Allied Health Career Pathway at Hartford Public High School

HPS Joins Partners to Announce Allied Health Career Pathway at Hartford Public High School

HPS Joins Partners to Announce Allied Health Career Pathway at Hartford Public High School

On Wednesday, June 21, outside the auditorium at the historic Hartford Public High School, Superintendent Leslie Torres-Rodriguez, HPHS Principal Flora Padro, Hartford HealthCare President and CEO Jeff Flaks, Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin, and Board of Education Member Philip Rigueur demonstrated the power of partnership when they came together to announce the launch of a new career-themed pathway at the high school.

HPHS Principal Flora Padro (left) welcomes the press and the crowd and introduces fellow speakers, (left to right) Hartford HealthCare President/CEO Jeff Flaks, Mayor Luke Bronin, and Superintendent Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez.

In the fall of the 2021-22 academic year, which starts on August 30, the HPHS Allied Health pathway, sponsored by Hartford HealthCare, will offer students a learning experience that combines a work-readiness curriculum with work-based opportunities. The pathway is one of two offered at HPHS that support the district’s mission to provide students with the learning and support they need to achieve success in college, career, and life.

District partner and education nonprofit ReadyCT, will provide staffing for work-readiness instruction, as well as access to high-quality, work-based learning experiences for students throughout the year.

Dr. Torres-Rodriguez stressed how the career pathway is an example of a long-standing district priority that supports college and career-readiness for students and is reflected in HPS’ new Three-Year Strategic Plan. “The update to one of our main priorities calls for preparing our students to be academically ready, leading to life, college and career success. One of the key strategies that we focused on was more real-world, work-based learning and opportunities,” she said. “That is why this career pathway is important.”

Joining the partners at the podium was HPHS student Rodrigo Fabian, a rising sophomore who is interested in a career in healthcare, as either a registered nurse or ultrasound technician. He’s also drawn to the industry-recognized credentials offered by the pathway, which include First Aid/CPR/AED, Certified Nursing Assistant, and Patient Care Technician.

HPHS rising sophomore, Rodrigo Fabian (left) speaks.

Students like Rodrigo will learn about healthcare careers in the classroom and have access to concrete work-readiness opportunities such as volunteering, worksite tours, job shadowing, and paid internships.

“This is an exciting opportunity for Hartford Public Schools,” said Dr. Torres-Rodriguez. “I want to thank all our students, staff and district leaders, the Office of Academics for their leadership and work, and our partners at Hartford Healthcare,  ReadyCT, and the National Academy Foundation for your longstanding partnership and your patience as we work through a pandemic and not letting go of your commitment to this partnership.”

More information about the Allied Health pathway at HPHS can be found by visiting ReadyCT.



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