Adventist Health System recently hosted a group of Central Florida-area high school and college students for its third annual open house event with Adventist Information Technology (AIT), the organization's IT department.
More than 30 students in total representing the University of Central Florida, Florida Polytechnic University, Seminole State College, Valencia Community College and the Altamonte Springs Science Incubator were in attendance. The day-long event, held at the Solutions Center on Adventist Health System's corporate campus, offered three tracks: health care informatics and technology/business tracks for college students, and a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) shadow day track for the high schoolers.
"I think this event helped the students gain a broader understanding of some of the career opportunities and paths that are available in health care IT, and particularly those that Adventist Health System has to offer," said Herb Keller, senior vice president for Adventist Health System and chief information officer for the Multi-State Division. "Each day, technology becomes a bigger part of our lives, and I am pleased that we were able to show these students how technology can be harnessed in our industry to provide care for others."
Keller was among nearly 40 AIT employees, including various senior leaders and vice presidents, who students had the opportunity to interact with and learn from throughout the open house. The day featured sessions on data security, consumer technology and hospital smart rooms. Students also toured the Solutions Center, and attended sessions that focused on resume building, job interview tips and customer service skills.