Humboldt General Hospital is one of several generous donors who are trying
to ensure that Humboldt County students complete their high school education
and continue on to a college or university.
The Explore Your Future (EYF) project was designed by the Winnemucca Futures
Community Capacity Team. The project challenges sophomore students at
Lowry High School to earn the opportunity to join a group field trip to
the University of Nevada, Reno, Truck Meadows Community College or the
Great Basin College campus in Elko on April 15.
Sue Hawkins, one of the team leaders with the project, said students must
complete homework assignments and attend three workshops at Lowry High
School before earning a place on the field trip bus.
The hope, she said, is that as youth "walk across the campus, smell
the grass, touch the buildings and see the amazing diversity of students
in the student union, the library, the laboratories, classrooms, and sports
facilities, they will become inspired to become a part of the unique social
and learning environment that is provided by continuing their education."
On Wednesday, March 13, HGH CEO/Administrator Jim Parrish gathered with
other donor representatives and the entire Lowry High School sophomore
class to take a group photo.
"That was really fun," said a smiling Parrish following the event.
What will make the CEO smile even more, though, is to see sophomore students
take advantage of the EYF project now, and higher education later.
"Hospitals are always in recruitment mode because there always seems
to be a shortage of the highly skilled personnel that we need," he said.
Parrish said the reason why Humboldt General Hospital chose to donate $1,000
toward the Winnemucca Futures project was to encourage local youth to
seek higher education in the hope that some may return to Humboldt County
one day and join the hospital staff.
"We love our hometown employees," he said. "They bring a
special knowledge and care to our hospital, and we would love to see more
of our local youth join our ranks in the coming years."
Explore Your Future is a project of the Humboldt Development Authority.
More information is available by calling HDA representative Bill Sims
at (775) 623-1064 or Winnemucca Futures Community Capacity Team Leader
Carrie Stringham at (775) 304-8314.
Humboldt General Hospital CEO/Administrator Jim Parrish may be reached
at (775) 623-5222, ext. 123.