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Blinn Health Science Center gives middle school students inside look at healthcare careers

Seventh and eighth graders inspired to pursue higher education, science careers at HSC Summer Camp

Ellie Garrett practices putting a sling on fellow participant Riley Morgan

July 18, 2014

Ten area middle school students got an inside look at an array of healthcare careers this week during Blinn College’s first-ever Health Science Center (HSC) Summer Camp. 

Bryan and College Station seventh and eighth graders explored health-related fields during the three-day camp at the College’s Health Science Center campus, a 23,000-square foot state-of-the-art facility featuring the latest clinical simulation technology.

Faculty, staff and local healthcare professionals introduced students to physical therapy, fire science, emergency medical services, dental hygiene, therapeutics manufacturing, nursing and radiology through lectures and hands-on simulation activities.

“Our goal is to introduce young students to healthcare careers, especially those less widely known,” said Kim Decker, emergency medical technician instructor. “A lot of people don’t think about physical therapy or dental hygiene when they think of healthcare. The earlier we can get them interested, the earlier they can identify their career goals.”

Camp participants were identified by their teachers as excellent students who have demonstrated an interest in science. Facilitators said each student was actively engaged in the presentations and activities and provided positive feedback for expanding the camp for years to follow.

“Middle school is the perfect time to spark a career interest,” said Sami Rahman, simulations director and camp coordinator. “Their parents may have a wish for them, and that’s nice, but if it’s something the student wants to do, it’s a different dynamic—they want it, and they’ll work for it. We’re here to give them the opportunity to figure out what they want to do as early as possible.”

For more information on the HSC Summer Science Camp, contact Sami Rahman at sami.rahman@blinn.edu.

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