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The four week program through SYSDPSP provides elementary and middle school students with direct access to industry in the workplace.

Pfizer Hosts Student Tour

  • 2019-08-08T23:53:00.000+0000
  • California
  • Author: Leandra Boysen

Biocom Institute helps ensure that the workforce pipeline for San Diego’s STEM industries remains robust and diverse, that our region’s youth are aware and engaged in the potential opportunities available in these fields. As part of the workforce development effort, Biocom Institute partners with educators and Biocom member companies to provide work-based learning experiences on a regular basis. In July, Biocom Institute partnered with the San Diego County Office of Education’s San Ysidro School District Pathways Sumer Program (SYSDPSP) and Pfizer to put together a once-in-a-lifetime experience for middle school students, many of whom had never traveled north of I-8.

The purpose of SYSDPSP is to provide elementary and middle school students with direct access to industry in the workplace. The 4-week program focuses on one sector per week, allowing students to conduct career exploration through classroom activities, industry guest speakers and site visits with industry partners. The sectors being highlighted were Science, Healthcare, Information & Communication Technology (ICT), Building & Construction and College & Career Readiness.

Industry partners welcomed Summer Pathways program students to their facilities. In these tours, students learned about each organization, how their business operates and experienced first-hand through interactive activities what it’s like to work in this sector.

To highlight the life sciences industry, student took a tour of Pfizer’s facilities and listened to employees in different departments talk about what they do and why Pfizer’s work is important. Students learned about the process for taking a drug to market, participated in an activity where they examined a disease they wanted to cure, branded the cure and moved it through the discovery, funding and approval process. Biocom Institute would like to thank Pfizer for providing the field trip experience, where students learned the importance of thinking about career development through the career path stories their tour guides shared, and for getting students excited about the endless possibilities of careers in STEM.