Some Central Tech students visiting UPMC Hamot today, could be working there tomorrow.
Twenty-five students were invited to Hamot as part of the hospital's high school career exploration program.
They received an overview in the board room, then took a first hand look around the hospital at the jobs that interest them most.
They learned that demand for nurses will be high, with the average age of nurses 45 and up.
Their career and tech ed is giving them a head start.
Chief Nursing Officer Jim Donnelly said, "I think it's good for Erie as well. The more people we can offer a rewarding career by rewarding I mean your sense of mission and purpose as well as financial, the more likely we are to reverse the brain drain and do better for our community in the future."
Central Tech student Alina Karnaukh was among the students attending the seminar. She said, "At central you graduate with a job already, because you go on co-op your senior year and it helps you a lot and our teachers really help us in learning and they push us to learn more."
The UPMC center for engagement and inclusion organized the program.