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FutureCareers Expo a Big Hit!

The ParkWhile it was a great day to play ball, over 1,200 high school students from Mendocino to Monterey were getting hits in a very different way at Pac Bell Park on November 7, 2001. The students were participating in the Health & Bioscience FutureCareers Expo so they could experience lifelong learning in the health and bioscience industry while increasing their knowledge of science, learning about career opportunities in health and bioscience, and investigating various post-secondary educational alternatives.

While students raved about the ballpark tours, including the opportunity to sit in the dugout or stand in the on-deck circle, they were equally impressed with their opportunity to network and learn from our sponsoring organizations:

Networking at the Faire Sponsors -- Bioscience

  • Chiron Corporation
  • Genentech
  • Affymetrix
  • Bay Area Biotech Education Consortium
  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories
Sponsors -- Healthcare
  • Hospital Council of Northern and Central California
  • Kaiser Foundation Hospitals
  • Sutter Health System
  • Alta Bates Summit Medical Center
  • O'Connor Hospital
  • Catholic Healthcare West
  • Dominican Hospital
  • Sequoia Hospital
  • St. Mary's Medical Center
  • St. Francis Memorial Hospital
  • St. Joseph's Hospitals of Greater Sonoma County
  • John Muir/Mt.Diablo Health System
  • Stanford Medical Center
  • Lucile Packard Children's Hospital
  • Santa Clara Valley Medical Center
  • California Association for Medical Laboratory Technology (CAMLT)
  • UCSF Medical Center
Sponsors -- Education and Community
  • California State University Hayward
  • University of California San Francisco
  • EASTBAY Works
  • San Jose State University
  • City College of San Francisco
  • Foothill College
  • Skyline College
  • Peace Corps

Industry representatives gave students a sense of the on-the-job learning requirements of employees within the health and bioscience industry through twenty-two presentations on a variety of topics including:

  • Bioinformatics
  • Biotechnology/DNA Microarray
  • Human Genome Project
  • Sports Medicine
  • Clinical Nuclear Medicine in the 21st Century
  • Medical Laboratory Technology
  • General Radiography, Mammography, Sonography and MRI
  • Surgical Medicine
  • Pharmacy & Pharmacology
  • Emergency Medicine

Mayor Willie Brown welcomed the group and talked about the importance of preparing our youth to take advantage of the opportunities created by innovative companies in San Francisco and the Bay Area. Dr. Workman, a former professional baseball player and orthopedic surgeon shared his passion for athletics and medicine, while Dorian Rinella, SVP Operations, SUGEN, talked about the great contributions being made by high school interns.

Paramedics In summary, Brant from Freedom HS said, "I enjoyed the interaction with all these new people and ideas. It was great to be able to freely ask questions and talk with these representatives." Evelyn from Aragon HS thought, "It was such a great opportunity to learn about all the different jobs and opportunities in the field." Jordan from Lincoln HS was excited about being able to talk to recruiters and submit his resume for internships. And finally, Monica from Fort Bragg HS said, "Everything was wonderful, fun and exciting!"

Students, teachers, industry partners, and postsecondary partners all agreed -- the day was a big hit!