MRMC hosts local students for work-based learning program


COLUMBIA, Tenn. — Twelve students from four local high schools reported to Maury Regional Medical Center (MRMC) on Tuesday for their first workday in the 2023-2024 Work-Based Learning Program.

This is the first time MRMC has participated as a host site for Maury County Public Schools’ Work-Based Learning Program, which allows students to learn from professionals and gain valuable real-world experience.

“Maury Regional Health is proud to partner with Maury County Public Schools to be a host site for the work-based learning program,” said Maury Regional Health CEO Martin Chaney, MD. “The experience these students will gain will be invaluable as they prepare for a career in health care.”

The students spent their first few weeks of the semester in the classroom before getting to work on Tuesday applying what they learned to real-world situations.

At MRMC, the students will shadow in a department for two hours on either Tuesdays or Thursdays throughout the school year. In January, they’ll rotate to a new department for the second semester. The departments participating include Outpatient Cardiology, Employee Health Express Care Clinic, Imaging, Nursing Professional Development and Supply Chain.

The students will present a capstone project at the end of the school year about what they’ve learned during the program.

“We’re excited to have these students on campus to show them more about what it means to work in health care,” said Cindy Short, director of volunteer services at MRMC. “The program also helps them develop necessary skills that will make them successful in any workplace, like a good work ethic, effective communication, time management, customer service and an understanding of workplace expectations.”

Work-based learning opportunities are open to all Maury County Public Schools seniors. Students interested in the program should talk with their school’s guidance counselor or HOSA, CTE or health science teacher or call Maury Regional Volunteer Services at 931.380.4047 for more information.

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