Partnership with Del Lago Academy

Living Our Value of Service

The partnership with Del Lago Academy began with a principal's dream of providing learning opportunities in the "hospital of the future" for their students. 
 
Del Lago Academy is a STEM high school in the Escondido Union High School District that offers a healthcare focused track for their students with a strong school-to-career focus. When Del Lago Academy opened its doors in fall 2013, Palomar Health began working with their inaugural 9th and 10th grade classes. 
 
Palomar Health and Del Lago Academy committed to a formal partnership for the 2014-2015 Academic School Year to engage their entire student population (9th-12th grade) in the healthcare industry. The goals of the partnership are to:
 
1.       Provide opportunities for students to explore healthcare careers and concepts
2.       Build excitement around student's areas of interest
3.       Engage students in their chosen career paths
4.       Offer experience opportunities for students at Palomar Health
 
Every year, Palomar Health staff work directly with about 80% of Del Lago Academy students through career presentations, expert presentations on current medical issues, internships, and much more! Employee participation brings school curriculum to life, enabling students to develop relevant career skills and build a positive self-concept.

“I’m so glad Palomar has these activities. I’m so glad to be a part of it and I’d like to work at Palomar health just because I feel safe and I’d enjoy it. Thank you for this amazing opportunity!” – DLA Junior Pathmaker Intern/Active Shooter Education participant, 2019
 
Do you have questions about the partnership with Del Lago Academy?
•         Call (442) 281-3293 or e-mail Jennifer.Kortbawi@PalomarHealth.org.