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Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Helping Students Succeed

Ontario Government Recognizes Employers Supporting Student Jobs, Future Careers

Ministry of Education

Chatham-Kent Health Alliance is being recognized for helping local students gain hands-on learning opportunities for their future careers.

Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA) received an Employer Champion Award for providing high school students with valuable work experience, including job shadowing, mentoring, career talks and co-operative education placements. In partnership with four different school boards, CKHA provides a range of learning opportunities in six different areas of focus.

Creating more opportunities for students to gain the skills and experience they need for the jobs of tomorrow is part of the new Ontario government's plan to support student success while securing a brighter future for all Ontarians.

Quick Facts

  • Every year, Ontario gives out approximately 12 Employer Champion Awards.
  • Over 40,000 employers across the province provide high school students with valuable work-related learning opportunities through numerous activities and programs, including Ontario’s Co-operative Education and Specialist High Skills Major programs.
  • Approximately 38,000 high school students are enrolled in Specialist High Skills Major programs this year, spending over 220 hours in co-operative education work placements in their sector of focus.
  • Ontario’s graduation rate increased to 83 per cent in 2011-12, up from 68 per cent in 2003-04.

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“Meaningful learning opportunities, such as those provided by Chatham-Kent Health Alliance, help students in Chatham-Kent and the surrounding areas gain valuable experience, which will help them reach their future career aspirations. Young people deserve every opportunity to find their passion, and CKHA is a model for how each of us can inspire our future workforce.”

Liz Sandals

Minister of Education

“Thanks to the partnerships with the local school boards, Chatham-Kent Health Alliance is able to create a valuable learning opportunity for students interested in healthcare services through the Student Aide program. The experience they receive benefits our community and helps students build the skills they will need for their future careers. It also provides our staff the opportunity to be mentors and build leadership skills.”

Zoja Holman

Director, Communications and Organizational Development, CKHA

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