Local students to apprentice at WVSOM


Attention all high school students. Do you dream of having a career in the health care industry? If you do, you can learn about health-related jobs during the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine’s (WVSOM) Apprentice Day.

The osteopathic medical school also has a variety of non-medical careers for students to explore during the event, which takes place Thursday, May 4, on WVSOM’s campus.

National Apprentice Day is a nonprofit organization connecting kids to their dream job regardless of income, race, gender, educational performance, impairment and disability. The program has already connected 100 youth to local businesses in Greenbrier and Monroe counties.

This is the first time WVSOM will host an apprentice day. Leslie Bicksler, WVSOM’s associate vice president of human resources, said the school’s employees are eager to share career experiences with youth in the area.

“WVSOM’s 275-plus employee workforce is committed to the communities that they live and work in. As one of Greenbrier County’s largest employers, WVSOM employees are excited to share their careers at WVSOM. From physicians to electricians and administrators to educators, the career opportunities at WVSOM are numerous and often overlap,” she said. “WVSOM employees value lifelong learning and the Apprentice Day program provides an opportunity for West Virginia youth to see passionate, hardworking and committed West Virginians in jobs that make a difference.”

A team of professionals representing various departments on campus will lead the high school students. Participating students will receive one-on-one involvement with staff members in institution facilities services to include maintenance and housekeeping; shipping and receiving; clinical sciences; osteopathic medicine; scientific research; clinical evaluations and patient encounters; marketing and communications; and WVSOM’s Rural Health Initiative (RHI).

Students who are interested in Apprentice Day can sign up at or email questions to A limited number of spots are available. Deadline to register is May 1. A lunch will be included for all students.

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