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Mineola, NY – More than 200 ninth grade students from Mineola High School visited Winthrop-University Hospital’s Community Outreach Center on February 12 to participate in a Healthcare Career Fair, an initiative designed exclusively for the students thanks to the collaborative efforts of the Long Island Works Coalition Advisory Board – which includes members from the Mineola School District, Winthrop-University Hospital, and the Mineola Chamber of Commerce.

Students were greeted by George P. Rainer, Vice President of Human Resources, and Palmira M. Cataliotti, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, a graduate of Mineola High School, who spoke about the importance of learning about career opportunities early on in life.

Students then proceeded throughout the fair, visiting display tables where staff from more than 20 Winthrop departments including Accounting, Engineering, Human Resources, Nursing, Pharmacy, Poison Control, and Radiology, among others, spoke to students about their specific job responsibilities and the various career opportunities in the healthcare field. In addition, representatives from the American Red Cross in Nassau County were onsite to provide educational information to students about health and safety.

“Winthrop-University Hospital was pleased to host such a successful event for Mineola High School’s ninth grade students, and we look forward to future events that will provide even more students with the same opportunity to learn about the vast career choices in the healthcare field,” said Diane Bachor, Community Talent Development Specialist at Winthrop and Long Island Works Coalition member. Ms. Bachor is also the co-chair of the Mineola School District Advisory Board and was instrumental in organizing the event.

The support of various members of Mineola High School’s administration and staff was vital in making this event possible and ensuring its success. Special thanks to Principal Ed Escobar; Assistant Superintendent Sherrie Goffman; Hilary Bernstein, Supervisor of Guidance; Dr. Nicole Moriarty, Instructional Leader for Social Studies; Don Leopardi, Science Instructional Leader; and all of the ninth grade teachers and guidance counselors who escorted the students to Winthrop.

“The career fair was a meaningful and worthwhile endeavor, and we look forward to future events like it,” said Dr. Moriarty.

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