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ACE Employment Program Helps high school students acquire critical job skills such as customer service, work ethic, and time management while they balance work and school responsibilities.

ACE Students Selected for Lifespan's Summer Youth Employment Program Lifespan's Youth Employment Program is designed to promote career exploration and youth development. The program offers an eight-week paid summer employment experience at a Lifespan hospital or with Lifespan Corporate Services to students between 16 and 19 years old. Teens are placed within a variety of departments throughout Lifespan, including: Radiology, Physical Therapy, Cardiology, Nursing, Transport, Central Processing, Human Resources, Food and Nutrition, and Respiratory Care. When they graduate in August, the Lifespan summer employees take with them a wealth of personal and professional experience. Some of them are offered permanent employment. Additionally, as a part of their program Lifespan stays in contact with the teens beyond the summer to continue career counseling Every year close to 100 students from the Providence area apply for the limited number of summer jobs offered. The application process requires students to submit an online application that includes a 1,000 word essay and a face-to-face interview. With the help of ACE’s Director of School-to-Career Programs, Amy Etheridge, and the Healthcare & Science Career Pathway Coordinator, Nicolette Ciano, R.N., each application is reviewed before it is submitted, and students are prepped for the interview process. This year 100 applicants were competing for 33 positions, and three ACE students were selected! Aileen Cepeda and Ian Matos (Juniors) and Brandon Bessette (Senior), all participants in ACE’s Healthcare & Science Career Pathway, made the grade and when we caught up with them to congratulate them, they were beaming with pride and excited about the opportunity to work and attend workshops at Rhode Island Hospital this summer.

Brandon Bessette, Aileen Cepeda, and Ian Matos, Participants in ACE’s Healthcare & Science Career Pathway

Brandon is currently pursuing his Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) level I certification at Emergency Medical Services, an EMT school who works in partnership with ACE’s Healthcare & Science Pathway. He plans to attend college to obtain a degree in Criminal Justice and hopes to become a Rhode Island State Trooper. Aileen, is also pursuing and EMT Certification, and is considering a career in forensics and/or medicine. Ian has an interest in exploring careers in pharmacy and medicine. It takes a lot of courage to apply for such a competitive internship and we commend all seven applicants and give an extra shout out to Brandon, Aileen, and Ian for doing ACE proud. About the ACE School-to-Career Program offers our students a great opportunity, throughout their high school career, to receive work readiness training and have several paid placements that may spark interest in career fields they might not have considered. The program also gives students the opportunity to be mentored and managed by industry professionals and while experiencing a “real life” work environment.

ACE Students Selected for Lifespan's Summer Youth Employment Program