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ROC Partners with Dignity Health on Health Career Forum

Students from Introduction to Health Careers, Sports Medicine, Nursing Assistant, Medical Assistant, Pharmacy Tech, and Dental Assistant attended the event that was held at the Kern County Ag Pavilion.

Dignity Health brought employees from Memorial and Mercy Hospitals to speak to the students about the different career pathways within the hospital. Students heard first-hand from industry professionals about their day-to-day jobs and learned their stories of how they built their careers.

Engaging with industry partners through work-based learning activities such as these are a critical part of the learning process at ROC. Nursing Assistant student Natalie Bianchi stated, β€œIt was really encouraging to hear a lot of their experiences and to know what it is like to be in the medical field.”

The ROC and Dignity Health plan to continue to develop this partnership and offer more opportunities to students in the future. As the workforce demand increases in the health care sector, partnerships between industry and education become increasingly more important to develop high-quality career training programs such as the ones offered through ROC.

The ROC administration would like to extend a thank you to all of the panel participants listed below: 

  • Amy Humbert, MSN, RN   Manager Education - Bakersfield Memorial Hospital
  • Diane Biswanger, MSN, RN   Manager Education - Mercy Hospitals
  • Kurtiz Allen   Talent Acquisition - Bakersfield Memorial Hospital
  • Cheryl Reedy   Supervisor Pharmacy Technician – Bakersfield Memorial Hospital
  • Mario Chavez   Human Resources Consultant – Bakersfield Memorial Hospital
  • Joanna Piercy, DPT   Director Rehabilitation Services - Bakersfield Memorial Hospital
  • Fatima Ramo   CSU Bakersfield Nursing Program

We are especially appreciative of Dignity Health Education Managers, Amy Humbert and Diane Biswanger, who worked with Brian Miller, the ROC principal, to develop this first-ever event.