Arcadia, Calif. – Methodist Hospital held a special graduation for nine employees who successfully completed the SAW (School at Work) program. The SAW program is essentially a career development system that is focused on entry-level workers in the health care industry with a goal of preparing graduates for not only better paying jobs but also entrance into local community colleges. Students who participate in the program are taught important skills like resume building, effective communication, and time management.
“A little over eight months ago these students took a step that changed many things in their lives…they joined the School at Work program here at Methodist Hospital,” said Asela Calhoun as she welcomed the graduates and those who came to share in the celebration. Calhoun led the group as the instructor and coach through 32 vigorous weeks of skill training. She expressed her appreciation and thanks to all of the graduates for taking the first step in earning a college degree. Calhoun later stated herappreciation to the hospital by saying “We are grateful for the support that Methodist hospital has given them throughout…it is a testimony to how much the hospital cares about its employees.”
During the last eight months, these extremely committed individuals participated in computer classes, learned video and web-based techniques, and had to keep up with 3-8 hours of homework every week. Each graduate completed an individual goal and learning plan that is hoped to assist the graduates as they pursue their college degree. Visits from local community college representatives were also integrated into the program in order to help facilitate the graduates desire to earn a college education.
The graduation held at Methodist Hospital honored the graduates with diplomas and gifts for successful completion of the course along with motivating words from executives and staff. President and CEO of Methodist Hospital, Dennis Lee encouraged graduates during the commencement by saying “you are the architect, general contractor, and builder of your own future.” Graduates also shared in the program by expressing their thanks and appreciation for the adoption of the course and to the dedicated staff that devoted their time and energy into making the program a complete success to all who participated.
Since the start of the program, the hospital is proud to report that five of the nine students have started college and all nine of the graduates have a specific plan for career and education advancement which includes college within the next year.
Methodist Hospital, founded in 1903, is a 460 bed, not for profit hospital serving the community. Services provided include comprehensive acute care such as medical, surgical, perinatal, pediatrics, oncology, intensive care (neonatal and adult), and complete cardiovascular services, including open heart surgery. Methodist Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. For more information please call (626) 898 – 8000 or visit www.methodisthospital.org.