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The Northern Tier Industry and Education Consortium receives a multi-year grant for its mentoring program. In the front row, from left, are Laura Ducceschi, HCF Administrator; HCF board member Jeremiah Eagen; Debra Tierney, NTIEC Educational Coordinator; Shealynn Shave, NTIEC Executive Director; and HCF board members James Clemente, Natalie Gelb, and Michele McGowan. In the second row are HCF board members Terrence Nealon, Robert Knowles, Christopher Dressel, and Mark Mitchell.

The Northern Tier Industry and Education Consortium was awarded a multi-year grant in December 2018 totaling $15,000 from Northeastern Pennsylvania Health Care Foundation to assist with their Wyoming County Community Mentoring for At Risk Youth program. The goal of this program is to identify youth who are at risk of dropping out of school or who have barriers in their personal life and assist them in finding and confirming potential career interests. Historically, the healthcare sector in the Northern Tier has struggled to staff positions due partially to the rural nature of the area.

Under this grant, NTIEC will provide direct interaction with healthcare employers and workplace mentors regarding career opportunities and educational requirements for those students who have been identified. We will accomplish this by arranging for workplace tours, job shadowing experiences, hospital internships; conducting a healthcare career day at the local career and technology center; providing coaching on educational pathways and practical advice on entering and advancing in the career field. There has been measurable success by exposing local students to careers in healthcare and NTIEC hopes to continue this trend with this grant.