North Student First From Academy to Receive Offer

Children's/APS Partnership Brings Job
Posted on 03/24/2021
Image of So Ma Ya(courtesy Akron Children's Hospital)

Akron Children’s Hospital’s was the first organization/employer to partner with Akron Public Schools in creating the Akron Children’s Hospital Academy of Health and Human Services at North High School in 2018.

As a result, a variety of Akron Children’s employees came to her classes to talk about their jobs, and in the summer of 2019, she spent eight weeks at the hospital as part of an internship.

So Ma graduated from North High School in June 2020, and in February 2021, she became the first North High graduate to be offered a position at Akron Children’s.

She works 24 hours a week as a greeter/screener, asking visitors and employees entering the campus about their Covid-19 exposure and symptoms.

She juggles her three eight-hour workdays around her studies at Stark State College, where she is on track to earn an associate degree and become a medical assistant. So Ma will benefit from the hospital’s tuition reimbursement program and plans to eventually go on to earn a nursing degree. Read more here >>.

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