The WPC Mentor Program matches individuals from its partnership institutions including elementary, middle, high school, and college students with professional staff in the health care and science careers. Through one-to-one and group mentoring sessions, health professionals and student volunteer/mentors support the academic work of pipeline students and increase their awareness of careers in the health care and science professions. In addition, Visiting Scientists and Projects Fair Coaches provide positive role models who can awaken career aspirations.
Mentors share their professional expertise regarding education and career planning. Volunteers/mentors benefit from their volunteer experience by gaining a broader perspective on social issues and concerns of their mentors.
While the WPC provides internships on all levels of the pipeline, our internship programs with students from the Health/Science Academy at North High School and the Health Assistant Program at Worcester Technical High School are especially successful.
We place seniors from these two schools throughout local healthcare and science institutions. In addition, many of the college students who are mentors in the pipeline have an opportunity to intern several weeks during the summer with our partner institutions.
Shadowing in the Worcester Pipeline Collaborative (WPC) provides seventh and eighth grade students with opportunities to observe possible career choices that are available and obtainable.
During the academic year, these students visit Abbott Bioresearch Corporation and the University of Massachusetts, Worcester Campus. These visits reinforce the curricula taught at Worcester East Middle School's Health/Science Academy 7-12. These important links help students choose internship placements when they become seniors at North High School's Health/Science Academy.
Becoming a Volunteer/Mentor
To become a mentor, please download the Volunteer Application and the CORI Application, complete and mail to:
UMass Medical School
55 Lake Avenue North
Office of Outreach Programs, Rm S3-104
Worcester MA 01655
The CORI needs to be an original form and must be mailed. If you can't open the pdf formatted forms, you need to download the free Adobe Reader at www.adobereader.com
If you have further questions, please contact Robert Layne, WPC Program Coordinator at 508-856-2417 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Send the Volunteer Application and CORI Application to: UMass Medical School, 55 Lake Avenue North, Outreach Programs - Rm S3-104, Worcester MA 01655.