Gateway Health and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania Carve Out Career Path for Local Teens

December 1, 2020
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News | Gateway Health and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania Carve Out Career Path for Local Teens

Students Explore In-Demand Careers in Information Technology, STEM, Healthcare and Various Trades

PITTSBURGH – Dec. 1, 2020 – Gateway Health, a leading managed care organization dedicated to caring for the “total health” of its members, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania (BGCWPA) are connecting local teens to viable career options in high-demand industries through the Career Works, Teen Workforce Development Academy.

The Career Works, Teen Workforce Development Academy is a full service program that takes teens on a formalized journey from filling in academic gaps, career exploration and soft skills training to relevant, occupational skill building and work experience in order to build a career path for the future. Over 200 students are enrolled in the multiple tracks of the program and have the option to participate either in person or online.

“Our Career Works, Teen Workforce Development Academy was designed to ensure that our students are fully prepared to succeed in an ever evolving job market,” said Dr. Lisa Abel-Palmieri, President and CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania. “Through our partnership with Gateway Health, we are able to enhance our programs and do whatever it takes to break down any major barriers in the way of their success.”

Students receive a personalized learning experience through multiple program tracks including Career Works High, Artificial Intelligence Pathways Institute, Career Works Prep and Career Works Tech. Students enrolled in the program gain access to mentorship, paid internships, pre-apprenticeships, dual-enrollment courses, full-time career placement support and post-program transition. As a primary sponsor, Gateway Health provides funding that supports monthly membership fees, transportation and the after-school program for both youth and teens.

“At Gateway Health, we are committed to supporting our communities and the whole health of those who live in them,” said Regina Vercilla, Vice President, Clinical Strategy and Innovation, Gateway Health. “We are proud to partner with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania to help prepare students for a rewarding career that will lead to a future where they have equal opportunity to achieve their best health.”

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