PATERSON,NJ- Students from Paterson’s HARP Academy of Health Science got an up close look at what it’s like to work in the medical field with visits to the Morristown Medical Center (MMC) and the NJ Sharing Network (NJSN) as part of the Student Success Business Tour Program on Wednesday.
Founded by Mitch Morrison, the Student Success Business Program has been delivering free student career day programs, student business tours and entrepreneurial seminars for five years to thousands of economically-challenged students. Previous student business tours have visited the corporate headquarters of BASF, Wyndham Worldwide, and Express Scripts.
According to to Morrison it’s not just the students that benefit from the tours. After last week’s visit to MMC and the NJSN, Morrison said that “incredible connections were made,” for both the students and the professionals they met with from both entities.
Students also had the opportunity to ask questions and, as Morrison shared, didn’t hold back. From the standard “why do you love your job?” to the more personal “how much money do you make?” students got an inside look at every aspect of the careers of individuals from throughout MMS and NJSN.
While getting the chance to ask question is one of the key benefits of these trips, what is most memorable, and valuable, Morrison suggested, is that the students “get answers.”
“It is never too early for our students to make plans for a bright future,” said Kelli White, principal of the HARP Academy of Health Sciences. “I am extremely appreciative of the Student Success Program for providing an opportunity for our ninth grade students to explore medical career options.”
With over 120,000 people across the country waiting for life-saving transplants, the sort of education provided by the Student Success program is, according to Joe Roth, CEO of NJ Sharing Network, “critical.”
“It was a privilege to host the HARP Academy students and we look forward to doing it again someday,” Roth added.
“The reach of the Student Success Program is limited only by the willingness of students to learn about new careers, and business leader’s willingness to give their time to mentor future generations. I know that both are unlimited,” suggested Morrison. “I look forward to continuing to work with Paterson’s schools to bring these opportunities to them, and am excited about the day we have students visiting one of their fellow Paterson graduates in their role as CEO of a major corporation.”