On November 15, 2016 four students were able to attend a job shadowing day in the Culinary career positions at Touchette Regional Hospital. Students worked directly with the Director of Food & Nutrition, John Hargett and with Touchette’s Dietician, Hilary Campbell. Participants were given a tour of the kitchen and a demonstration of proper food preparation. They also received lessons of effective storage areas for food and dry stock. While students were able to learn food preparation, they were able to observe workers setting up a hot food line for lunch and preparing desserts. 

"Work-based learning (WBL) is an educational strategy that provides students with real-life work experiences where they can apply academic and technical skills to develop their employability."

East St. Louis School District 189 High School Senior and Intern, Katherine Miles and Anjanae Muhammad with Monica Sanchez, BJC Staff  member.
BJC School Outreach and Youth Development employee, Jennifer Irvin has developed several avenues for area students to enter the pipeline, internships are one way that they have partnered with East Side Works.
Katherine completed a 4 week internship in multiple departments at Barnes Jewish Hospital.

On November 18, 2016 twenty-seven health science students from East St. Louis High School attended a job shadow experience at the Touchette Regional Hospital. Thank you to Felecia Jackson, Business Development for Touchette Regional Hospital for helping to bring this together for the students of District 189. Lesley Paterson, Vice President (VP) of Nursing led the events and brought in eight speakers to engage with our students.

Beth Bogacki, Director of the Emergency Department
Kristopher Vaughn, Charge Nurse for the Emergency Deaprtment 
Addie Randolph, Director of the Cardiopulmonary Department
Edgar Weidenbenner, Director of the Radiology Department
John Hargett, Director of the Food & Nutrition Department
Jean Lammers, Physical Therapist of the Physical Therapy Department

Debra Custer, Program Manager of Start Now Breast Cancer
Jim Chestnut, Director of the Laboratory Department

On July 8, 2016, eight East St. Louis School District students were able to experience first-hand the various career positions at the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank. The students were matched with college interns and received insights from young professionals in Human Resources, Information Technology, Communications and Finance.

SMiles TV provides students with professional instruction and practical experience through a project called Students in Training with SMiles. Students served as technical producers and interviewed Mr. Jim Maurer, Vice President, External Affairs, AT&T. The broadcast was aired on YouTube, Facebook and Charter Cable TV, Channel 984.