MORRISTOWN, NJ -  The Morris Educational Foundation (MEF) hosted its first ever CAMP-Out event on Thursday, June 8, 2017. The event, held in collaboration with Morristown Medical Center, part of Atlantic Health System, is an extension of the MEF’s efforts connecting successful Morristown High School alumni with current students. The program is designed to bring high school students onsite to alumni places of work for lunch and learn programming and activities. C.A.M.P. stands for Colonials Alumni Mentoring Program

“The MEF has decided to alternate yearly between its successful CAMP (Colonial Alumni Mentoring Program) Night, where students rotate around the school and interact with alumni in various fields of interest, with a new event, aimed at giving students an even closer look at a particular field of interest,” said Chrissie Wetherbee, Associate Executive Director of the MEF.

“CAMP OUT will offer multiple career-track events that will take students into the community for an up-close and personal experience – and we could not think of a better partner our first year than Morristown Medical Center,” she added.

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Morristown High School alumni who volunteered to share their professional experiences with the high school students are Gerard Begley, DMD, ’81: Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery; Susan Errickson Wood, BSN, RN-BC, ’82: Craniofacial Center & Goryeb Neuro Oncology; and Taryn Ferrara, ’06: Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship & Sports Health Coordinator.

Approximately 30 current Morristown High School students who are studying Anatomy/Physiology or are in the Health Professions Club visited these professionals at Morristown Medical Center for career “show and tells” on Thursday June 8th.

“From the evening we announced our partnership, Morristown Medical Center has been committed to showing local students many exciting career opportunities available in health care,” said Trish O’Keefe, PhD, RN, president of Morristown Medical Center. “We will continue to work closely with the Morris Educational Foundation to implement programs like CAMP-Out that give students the real-life experiences that may offer them the opportunity to determine a future path in health care.”

 “The goal for the day was to provide an opportunity for MHS students to learn from and network with alumni who have achieved success in their careers,” Wetherbee added.