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Taco Bell Promotes Education

Students from around the region come to Children's Hospital to learn about medical careers

9/15/2011 

More than 200 9th and 10th grade students from around the region will learn about careers in the medical field at the Graduate to Go™ Healthcare Career Fair at Children's Hospital Central California sponsored by the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens.

Taco Bell LogoThe event will take place Friday, September 16 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the hospital’s conference center. More than 50 hospital employees and volunteers are involved.

Students from the Central, Chawanakee, Clovis, Golden Valley, Fresno, Sierra and Yosemite school districts will learn about medical, technical and non-technical career opportunities in the healthcare industry. Booths staffed by Children’s employees in 20 different departments ranging from Child Life to Trauma will introduce the students to the career possibilities. Local colleges and universities will also be present to share enrollment information.

Children's Hospital Central California is part of more than 350 organizations nationwide to receive a portion of a $2.2 million Graduate to Go grant from the Foundation. Graduate To Go™ is a long-term effort launched by the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens to raise awareness of the high-school dropout crisis and encourage teens to get their diploma. The initiative funds real-world experiences to motivate teens to stay in school. Funds were raised through local Taco Bell restaurant owners and its customers.

Teens attending the Healthcare Career Fair and are interested in more information will have the opportunity to job shadow Children’s employees at a later date.