COLUMBIA, Mo. — University of Missouri Health Care will receive an award for 25 years of partnership with Hickman High School at the Columbia Public School District’s annual Partners in Education Program breakfast. The breakfast will begin at 7:15 a.m. on Thursday, May 12, at the Holiday Inn Select Expo Center.
The Partners in Education Program provides a vehicle through which Columbia public schools can team up with local businesses for a mutually beneficial experience. The partnership is meant to strengthen academic programs, improve student achievement and enhance community growth.
“We support Hickman High School as our partner in education by helping students prepare for their careers after graduation,” said Kay Steward, CAVS, manager of guest relations and volunteer services at University of Missouri Health Care. “We do this by assisting students hone their resumes and interview skills. We also offer volunteer opportunities for students at all of our hospitals.”
Another aspect of the partnership between the two is co-sponsorship of the Hickman Health Sciences Club.
“The purpose of the club from our standpoint is to educate students about health-related careers by offering them a glimpse of what we do here at MU Health Care,” said Steward. “We present lectures and offer tours of areas that might be of interest to the students in the future as possible career choices.”
The Columbia Public School District’s Partners in Education Program began in 1992 with three local business partnerships. Today the program includes over 100 partnerships.
“We’re very proud of this award and to be involved in the Partners in Education Program,” said Steward. “These students are outstanding, and it is an honor to be associated with them.”