MHS, BB2C partners for a decade

Photo by James Dobbs DeeAnn Gehlauf, vice president for business and organization development of Marietta Memorial Hospital, presents Tasha Werry, executive and founder of Building Bridges to Careers (BB2C), a check for $15,000 to help the organization further their mission, at Marietta Memorial Hospital. From left, from Marietta Memorial Hospital, HR Assistant Stefanie Arnold, Recruiter Haylee Butler, HRIS Specialist Cathy Prunty, HR Generalist Glen Burton, Benefits Specialist Meagan Tompkins, HR Generalist Casey Kerns, HR Director Phil Amos, Workforce Development Specialist Stacy Parks, Nurse Recruiter Michaela Hoomer, Gehlauf, and from BB2C, Werry, Director of Logistics and Epicenter Pamela Lankford and Outreach Facilitator Heather Miller.

Building Bridges to Careers (BB2C) and Memorial Health System are preparing to celebrate 10 years of partnering to inspire career choice by bringing together schools, businesses, and community members.

Memorial Health System presented a check for $15,000 to BB2C on Friday to help the organization further their mission.

BB2C grew out of the Washington County Family and Children First Teen Career Awareness Initiative in 2012, when Tasha Werry, BB2C founder and executive director, saw that the initiative needed to become more robust to meet the needs of students, educators, businesses, and communities.

By creating a nonprofit organization that focuses on developing a network for students, BB2C has been able to positively impact student career pathway decisions for a decade.

Memorial Health System was part of the first meeting and has been involved as a partner and sponsor since the organization launched.

“Having been present at the very first meeting of BB2C in 2012, Memorial Health System has continually been at our side providing support and guidance as we worked to build effective programs that directly connect students and teachers to local businesses and organizations,” Werry said.

This August, BB2C marks 10 years of working to create successful students, prosperous businesses, and thriving communities by hosting a 10 year celebration on Aug. 19.

Memorial Health System is the event’s Gold Star Sponsor, providing funding that will help keep the organization moving forward into the next 10 years.

“Memorial Health System loves working with BB2C because we share the belief that students can find meaningful careers right here in the mid-Ohio valley that allow them to stay and invest back in their community,” said DeeAnn Gehlauf, Memorial Health System vice-president, business & organization development. “This partnership is one more way for us to invest in the future of this region.”

Part of the celebration will include a unique scholarship opportunity for 2022 high school graduates looking to continue their education or begin their careers in healthcare banking/finance, or the trades. More information, as well as the scholarship application and event tickets, can be found at bb2careers.org/celebrate.

BB2C offers career mentoring, job shadowing, internships, and career exploration events to students in Washington County. They foster relationships to inspire career choice and work to support successful students, prosperous businesses, and thriving communities. The BB2C Makerspace and BB2C Small Business Incubator are open to the community and can be found at 107 Lancaster St. Marietta.


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