The greater Beloit area has a skills gap. Institutions like Beloit Health System require trained workers, but community members are not necessarily equipped for or aware of the opportunities available to them. Hendricks Family Foundation Chairman Diane Hendricks recognized this need and the Foundation founded Hendricks CareerTek in 2017 as a way to provide career education and exploration services to Beloit youth.
“My hope is that Hendricks CareerTek will fill a void for the students who aren’t aware of their personal strengths, and how those strengths can be applied for a successful future after graduation,” Hendricks said.
Fill a void for the students who aren’t aware of their personal strengths
Beloit Health System Nurse Educator and Grant Coordinator Kayla Schumacher highlighted the pipeline’s role as a career-oriented supplement to traditional classroom education. “Our programs complemented classroom learning by helping students to gain valuable experiential learning in health science, which helps to prepare them for future careers as healthcare professionals.”
CareerTek has so many opportunities for young minds to take advantage of
Said Salzman, the comprehensive, skills-based nature of the pipeline typified CareerTek’s overall mission: “helping greater Beloit area youth engage in the business community to have meaningful career exploration opportunities.”
“CareerTek has so many opportunities for young minds to take advantage of, and they’re all really get experiences,” says Tatiana Rodriguez, a student at Beloit Memorial High School who attained her CNA license through the healthcare pipeline. Of the program she says, “CareerTek has helped me tremendously jump start my career into the healthcare industry.”
A celebration in honor of Rodriguez and other pipeline participants took place August 17 at Beloit Memorial Hospital.