Summer camp offers kids peek into healthcare field careers

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Middle school students from Lawrenceburg and Batesville learned firsthand the education needed to succeed in the healthcare field and gained valuable skills and certifications this summer as first steps toward success at Ivy Tech Community College.

Ivy Tech hosted 40 seventh-ninth-grade students at its Healthcare Summer Camps at the Ivy Tech Lawrenceburg campus and Batesville site in June.

Twenty students attended each camp where they explored career opportunities in healthcare, interacted with healthcare professionals in the community, learned about the education and skills needed for a variety of healthcare careers, received first aid certification, and participated in a service-learning project.

At the Lawrenceburg camp students toured Dearborn County Hospital, visited Ridgewood Health Campus, and communicated with guest speakers from Beacon Orthopedics and Sports Medicine and One Community One Family.

A student commented, “the camp was informative and motivating. After going to camp, I discovered a deeper passion for the medical field. I look forward to a future in healthcare.”

Students at both camps participated in a panel discussion with college students studying healthcare careers. Area Health Education Centers facilitated the discussion, which provided students with opportunities to seek answers to questions about post-secondary education, including recommendations for courses to take while in high school, advice on applying for scholarships, and information about college life.

As part of their service-learning projects, students at both camps assembled backpacks with personal hygiene products for males, females, children, and infants, and these backpacks were distributed locally for persons in need.

“Healthcare Summer Camp was a wonderful opportunity for students to meet healthcare professionals, tour healthcare organizations, and seek information about college,” said Kellie Elston, a parent of one of the middle school students who attended.

This was the first year Ivy Tech hosted Healthcare Summer Camps at Batesville and Lawrenceburg.

“We received lots of positive comments from parents and students, at both camps, regarding the tours, engaging activities, and discussions that promoted interest in healthcare careers” said Shelly Eisert, Ivy Tech Professor of Nursing.

“We are very pleased with the positive feedback received from students, parents, and our sponsors, and we are looking forward to next year’s Healthcare Summer Camp.”

Ivy Tech thanks all sponsors for making the event possible. A special thanks to East Indiana Health Education Center, Dearborn County Hospital, Dearborn Community Foundation, Waters of Batesville, One Community One Family, Margaret Mary Health, St.

Andrew’s Health Campus, Hill-Rom, Ridgewood Health Campus, Genesis, and Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, and Batesville Community School Corporation.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system. 

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Summer camp offers kids peek into healthcare field careers

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