- Duarte Unified School District
- Press Releases (2019-2020)
DUSD Students Selected for City of Hope Summer Mentorship Program
(Duarte, CA) – DUSD’s partner and nextdoor neighbor, City of Hope, offered our high schoolers direct access to the multitude of career options available at their prestigious institution through their Summer Mentorship Program. The healthcare services industry, to the surprise of many of our students, is not just comprised of doctors and scientists, but runs the gamut from human resources to facilities maintenance. Through this Mentorship Program, students had the incredible experience of an on-site education and opportunity to interact with professionals at City of Hope. As a result, high demand jobs that they had no prior knowledge of that are available in the healthcare system are now peeking their interests as careers worth pursuing.
Throughout the summer, students arrived prepared for work at the City of Hope campus every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday for six weeks. Each week, the students rotated in teams to different departments within the renowned cancer research facility that included the Molecular Biology sector, Women’s Clinic, Clinical Administration Department, Pathology Department, MRI/Diagnostic Radiology and Radiation Oncology Departments. Two days out of the week, the students received personalized mentoring by City of Hope employees, and Thursdays were dedicated as educational days for training, tours, workshops, and mock interviews.
All of the students participating in the program gained entry by completing a rigorous application and interview process. Of the 17 who made the cut, nine were from Duarte High School, one attends CSArts-SGV, three are from Temple City High School and four are from Arcadia High School.
As a culminating activity to their experience, students also had to complete and present a project to their City of Hope mentors, parents, city and school officials at a celebration luncheon upon the commencement of the program.