Community Care, B-UHS launch internship program

BUCKHANNON — Thirteen students from Buckhannon-Upshur High School will be participating in Community Care of West Virginia’s new high school internship program.

Community Care of West Virginia has partnered with the Upshur County Board of Education and Buckhannon-Upshur High School to deliver a six-week summer program to provide opportunities to explore future career paths.

“Part of our mission at Community Care is to take care of the communities in which we are located,” stated Trish Collett, chief operations officer of Community Care of West Virginia. “With this program, we see an opportunity to inspire young talent and to make students aware of the career opportunities that exist in our local community.”

Members of Community Care of West Virginia’s leadership team visited the high school in May to meet with students about this new program. Students were taught how to develop a resume and cover letter and coached through the process.

“Over the years, we have built a tremendous partnership with Community Care of West Virginia,” said Dr. Debra Harrison, assistant superintendent at Upshur County Schools. “They have continually developed new programs and worked with us to determine the best ways to serve and prepare our students for the future.”

Students participating in the program have been placed in the following areas of Community Care’s operations: Accounting, Pharmacy (Rock Cave and Buckhannon), Billing and Coding, Compliance, Credentialing, Human Resources, IT, Maintenance and Office Management.

“Our hope is to establish this as an annual summer program for students here in Upshur County and to potentially expand this program to other counties we serve,” explained Collett. “These young individuals are the future of West Virginia; we want them to see the opportunities that are here for them.”


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