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Goal of partnership between AdventHealth and Junior Achievement: Inspire future caregivers


AdventHealth and Junior Achievement of Central Florida proudly announce a partnership to unite efforts to inspire Central Florida students to pursue a career in the health care industry. Together, the organizations are igniting a transformative approach to education, enhancing work and career readiness skills in the health care industry. 

As part of this strategic collaboration, comprehensive lessons will be developed to equip students with the essential knowledge and confidence required for success in their health care careers. This joint endeavor embodies AdventHealth’s unwavering commitment to providing whole-person care beyond their hospital walls, setting the stage for a multi-year journey of support. As a not-for-profit health system, one of AdventHealth’s priorities is to invest back into the communities they serve – understanding it takes a collaborative approach to address our region’s pressing challenges to ensure Central Floridians thrive – body, mind and spirit. 

With this partnership, AdventHealth team members will engage with students in classrooms in Orange and Osceola counties, allowing students to learn about pursuing a potential healthcare career and provide feedback on what a dream job looks like. The goal is to connect students with jobs in the healthcare field and then help them grow and advance in a potential career with AdventHealth. That partnership will continue beyond graduation, with AdventHealth and Junior Achievement committed to connecting with students beyond high school. 

“Ensuring we continue to build a pipeline of compassionate people to care for the communities we serve now and in the future is a top priority at AdventHealth,” said Sheila Rankin, CEO of AdventHealth Kissimmee. “This program gives us a unique opportunity to spark interest in healthcare careers for the workforce of the future.” 

“By regularly having AdventHealth employees in classrooms across Central Florida, we are hearing directly from students on what they want to see as they consider going into the healthcare industry,” said Karen Revels, President and CEO of Junior Achievement of Central Florida.

AdventHealth embeds learning throughout the organization as an inherent part of the team member culture, focusing on continuous personal and professional growth and ongoing skills development. This partnership extends that philosophy into the community, focusing on the future workforce. 

The organization is taking steps to embrace the changing nature of health care. Recruiting and retaining nurses and other clinicians is also a high priority, with the hospital system launching a series of recruitment and retention initiatives, including academic partnerships and classroom-to-career pipelines.     

United by a shared dedication to youth development and community enrichment, AdventHealth and Junior Achievement of Central Florida exemplify the transformative power of collaboration. Together, they are prepared to drive tangible change, equipping young individuals with the tools they need to thrive and excel in an ever-evolving world. 

About Junior Achievement of Central Florida 

Junior Achievement of Central Florida (JACF) is a nonprofit organization that inspires and prepares young people to succeed in a global economy. JACF’s educational programs impact students in kindergarten through 12th grade, with a focus on financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship.  

For more information on the organization, visit www.juniorachievement.org/web/ja-floridafoundation 

 About AdventHealth’s Central Florida Division  

AdventHealth’s Central Florida Division encompasses more than 10 hospitals and ERs in the four counties in and surrounding metro Orlando. The world-class hospitals and a comprehensive outpatient care network see more than 2.5 million patient visits annually.  AdventHealth also has an expansive research portfolio in Central Florida, with more than 650 clinical trials and ongoing studies. 

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