May 02, 2008
Bestselling author and lecturer Stedman Graham introduced a rigorous new Pathways to Pharmacy career program to students during a recent talk at Jordan High School.
Graham’s visit was part of an effort by CVS Caremark and other partners to make pharmacy jobs more accessible to youth. Graham introduced the program to about 1,000 ninth and tenth graders during an assembly at Jordan.
The high school was selected for the nationwide Pathways summer internship program, which provides students with work-based experience, workshops and math and science activities. Students tour the CVS distribution center and visit USC's School of Pharmacy.
“This isn't just a summer job to make some extra money,” said Stephen Wing, CVS Caremark's director of workforce initiatives. “It's a rigorous project.”
Graham's speech was part of his second "Make It Happen! Stay In School!" lecture series. The author has written such works as "Teens Can Make It Happen: Nine Steps To Success," which offers advice about creating a vision for life.
CVS launched Pathways in Long Beach last year, with 15 local students completing the project. Students eligible for the internship include youth from small learning communities – high school groups with a focus on particular themes or career fields. Those smaller learning communities include Jordan’s Aspirations In Medical Services (AIMS) Academy.