Students test health careers

Aspirus Keweenaw photo via Daily Mining Gazette Volunteer Alyssa Laurie is seen here helping stock the Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital's gift shop.

LAURIUM — Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital and Clinics announced it is launching a new Junior Volunteer program this summer to offer high school students opportunities to create and expand their professional skills.

The 10-week program will also show students how to explore career interests in health care.

The program is open to 14-18-year-old students from any school within the Copper Country Intermediate School District (CCISD).

Volunteer shifts are available during morning, afternoon and evening. Participants are required to volunteer for a minimum of one-, two-, three- or four-hour shifts for 10 weeks during the summer.

“Sometimes it can be difficult to decide on what career path to take,” said Jenn Jenich-Laplander, volunteer and community relations coordinator at Aspirus. “This is a way for high school students to discover early on all of the different aspects a career in health care has to offer, while giving back to the community at the same time.”

Jenich-Laplander said the program is not associated with any school’s career and technical education courses in health care fields.

“This is a program developed by Aspirus and used at other Aspirus Hospitals,” she said. “There will be a ceremony after the 10-week program where volunteers will receive a certificate for completing the program, which will look great on their resume.”

The Junior Volunteer program offers experience in:

•Staffing the hospital gift shop.

•Delivering information between departments.

•Engaging with patients.

•Helping out at Aspirus Outpatient Therapies and Fitness.

•Working on special projects

•Shadowing staff.

Letters announcing the Junior Volunteer program, along with questionnaires and application forms, have been sent to schools within the CCISD.

Applications can be mailed to Aspirus Volunteer Services, 205 Osceola Street, Laurium, 49913 or emailed to

The deadline for submitting applications is May 31.

For more information about the program, call Jenn Jenich-Laplander at 906-337-6541 or email