Stanly Community College (SCC) recently hosted an Allied Health career camp for College and Career Readiness students. This is the ninth annual camp held at the College and funded in partnership with Charlotte’s Area Health Education Center (AHEC). AHEC develops initiatives to educate pre-college students about health careers. Some students have continued their education by enrolling in curriculum programs as a result of this camp.
Students spent a week visiting programs that the College offers, gaining hands-on experience with some of the equipment used in the career fields, and meeting with program instructors for question-and-answer sessions to learn more about their particular areas. Presentations on the Albemarle campus included Biomedical Equipment Technology and Criminal Justice. The crime lab course (Criminalistics) teaches forensic science skills needed to identify and analyze physical evidence (i.e. fingerprints, blood stains) in solving crimes.
The campers also visited the Crutchfield Education Center in Locust. They observed and participated in demonstrations involving Medical Assisting; Medical Laboratory; Nursing; Pharmacy Technology; Respiratory Therapy; Radiography; CNA/Phlebotomy and Emergency Medicine programs.
Guest speakers from the community talked with the students about careers in Occupational/Physical Therapy and Hospice of Stanly County. Students were given tours of Stanly Imaging; Stanly County Health Department; Albemarle Chiropractic; Stanly Regional Medical Center and Stanly Manor.
Career opportunities in this field vary greatly and will increase due to the growing demand to meet current and future healthcare needs in America. By providing these camp participants with practical, hands-on information, the College and Career Readiness department at Stanly Community College and AHEC have helped students become more informed about health and public service occupations. This will help them on their way of making the dream of a healthcare career a reality.
For more information about the College and Career Readiness programs at Stanly Community College please call 704-991-0362 or visit the website at www.stanly.edu.
Campers at SCC learn how to identify and analyze physical evidence such as fingerprints in order to solve crimes. Pictured left to right: Eleanor Sherwood, Jennifer Edington, Ariel Snider and Banesa Mercado (SCC student).
Madelyn Starnes auscultates the heart and lungs of a newborn in the Nursing lab.