Empowerment Through Education
STEP into HealthCare with Parkview Medical Center
The School to Employment Program (STEP) is a collaboration between Parkview Medical Center and Pueblo School District 70 High Schools to generate quality academic and employment training opportunities, which direct students toward future healthcare careers.
Since 2002, the School to Employment Program (STEP) has graduated more than 200 students.
85% of the students continued on a healthcare pathway and are working in a healthcare setting. Twenty-four percent of S.T.E.P. alumni are currently or have been employed by Parkview.
- High school juniors interested in an 18 week observation rotation apply for the STEP program during spring semester.
- Each year, 27 students are selected and observe at Parkview Medical Center during the spring and fall semesters of their senior year.
- Observe over 100 hours as a volunteer.
- Earn one credit as an elective.
Pueblo City Schools Health Academy
Parkview Medical Center has been actively involved with Pueblo City Schools Health Academy program since its inception.
- Health Academy is a four-year program preparing high school students for the academic rigor of a degree or technical certificate program in healthcare.
- High school curriculum provides the students with the background and theory to help them succeed with post-secondary education.
- Training opportunities and partnering with college and universities allow the student to earn certification as a certified nurse’s assistant or emergency medical technician while earning college credit.
- Students observe at Parkview Medical Center during their sophomore year.
- Parkview contributes annually awarding $1000 of scholarship money to students who otherwise might not be able to participate in the program to earn college credit.
Job Shadow/Student Outreach
Parkview Medical Center supports a job shadowing experience for students interested in exploring careers in healthcare. Students who are 18 years of age or older and are enrolled in an accredited college/university or other medical training classes may visit the hospital, tour select areas and speak with healthcare professionals on a request basis through the Community Relations Program Coordinator.
P.I.E. Partners in Education
Partners in Education(PIE) is a partnership between Pueblo area business men and women, non-profit agencies and school leaders to provide a monthly forum during the school year for discussion about issues that concern both business and education through formation of action plans to address these concerns . Parkview Medical Center hosts a meeting annually to discuss and plan activities for the calendar year which include P.I.E. Pueblo Youth Future Fair, Character Education Celebration and other activities that support students in our community.