ITHACA, NY—Over 160 students participated in the fourth annual Discover Careers in Health, Sport and Leisure Competition, held at Rochester’s Bioscience and Health Careers High School at Franklin on May 10. The science-fair-style event, which is designed to expose students at the inner-city school to new career possibilities, is cosponsored by the Ithaca College School of Health Sciences and Human Performance.
“Research has shown that health career choices are made at an early age and usually after exposure from a friend or family member,” said Steve Siconolfi, dean of the School of Health Sciences and Human Performance (HSHP). “The Discover program takes advantage of this to try to encourage young students to explore the wide variety of health related careers.”
The Rochester students work with their teachers and with Ithaca College student, staff and faculty mentors to create projects in three areas: Exploring Careers (7th–8th graders), Case Study Analysis (9th–10th graders) and Scientific Discovery (11th–12th graders).
In addition to the Discover competition, the School of HSHP cosponsors a career fair and other activities for the high school students throughout the course of the year.
“One problem faced by all employers in the fields of health, sport and leisure is the small number of minority job applicants,” said Siconolfi. “Programs like this can open new doors to those who have been traditionally underrepresented in those fields. The large number of students taking part this year is a credit to the coordination and motivation of the teachers and staff at the high school, who see the value of the competition and have started to incorporate it into their curriculum.”
For more information, including the names of the competition winners, contact Steve Siconolfi, Ithaca College School of Health Sciences and Human Performance, at 607-274-3237; or Jeanne Utter, Bioscience and Health Careers High School at Franklin, at 585-324-3730.