New Pathways Flagship Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Ashley Trudo May 5, 2023 

Marketing Director 307.578.2512

Park County School District 6 and Cody Regional Health Spearhead New Pathways Flagship Programs

Cody, Wyo. (May 5, 2023) – With the aging population and increasing healthcare needs, there is a growing demand for healthcare professionals. Cody Regional Health and Park County Schools are working together to help ensure that they are providing students with the skills and training needed to meet this demand.

“Working with our local healthcare system can provide our students from elementary to high school with opportunities to explore potential career paths and gain hands-on experience in the healthcare field,” states Vernon Orndorff, Superintendent-Park County School District 6. “This can help our students make more informed decisions about their future career choices and give them a head start in the job market. This is part of Cody Public Schools, Cody Wyoming Park County 6 Career Pathways Flagship programs initiative, and it’s our goal is to create career pathways that provide graduates from PCSD 6 with high demand and high wage careers.”

Many employers in the healthcare industry struggle to find skilled workers to fill job openings. By working with local schools, healthcare systems can help bridge the skills gap and ensure that employers have access to the talent they need to succeed.

A strong healthcare industry can be a major driver of economic growth in a community. By working together to grow career pathways for students and help employers find talent, local schools and healthcare systems can help create a stronger, more vibrant local economy.

Nine local Cody Public School administrators and Cody Regional Health administration have begun meeting to strategize how they can work together to build integrated career pathways from elementary to high school.

Both administrations have toured each other’s campuses, to understand what can be offered on all campuses.

“ We would like to partner with our local schools to identify provide high-demand career pathways in the healthcare industry, such as nursing, medical assistants, medical coding, EMS, imaging , Laboratory, and many others. There is a growing need and demand in all healthcare professions across the country,” stated Doug McMillan, CEO at Cody Regional Health.

Both administrations look forward to working together to create successful career flagship programs, and they will make adjustments as needed.

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About Cody Regional Health

Cody Regional Health (CRH) is a national leading critical care access healthcare system serving Northwest Wyoming. CRH employs and partners with over 100 providers offering a wide variety of compressive services including a walk-in clinic, Orthopedic clinic, wound care clinic, and cardiology center. Adjacent to our hospital is a 94-bed Long-Term Care Center and a 16-bed chemical dependency center. CRH offers an 8-bed hospice care house and a regional cancer center. CRH abides by the Planetree philosophy as a model of health care. The Planetree model strives to enhance patient comfort by personalizing, humanizing, and demystifying the healthcare experience. More information can be found at

About Park County School District 6

Park County School District 6 is a progressive early learning through 12th-grade school district in Cody, WY. We serve over 2000 scholars at Cody High School, Heart Mountain Academy, Cody Middle School, and our elementary schools, Eastside, Livingston, Sunset, Valley, and Wapiti. We strive to cultivate a collaborative, supportive environment while building capacity where everyone can discover their passion, grow their passion, making a positive impact in the world. Our instructional leaders and professional educators blend the science of teaching and the art of teaching providing choice learning opportunities with real-world experiences. Through our classroom-to-careers, Flagship programs, and partnerships with local business leaders, we support our community in transforming future career opportunities for our scholars.