Delving deeper into non-traditional occupations:

Students get an up-close look at the health field

High school freshmen and sophomores from Lauderdale County School and Meridian Public School districts got a one-of-kind opportunity this week when they participated in a unique camp, “Experience the O.N.E.: Hospital Stay.”

Meridian Community College hosted the camp on two days in which 40 students explored health professions by spending the morning on the MCC campus in health programs and in the afternoon with professionals at Rush Foundation Hospital and Anderson Regional Medical Center

These two-day sessions, Experience the O.N.E. (Occupations Not Usually Explored by Men): Hospital Stay, is made possible through a grant from the Mississippi Community and Junior College Board. The objective is to recruit males in non-traditional fields within the healthcare industry.

“Experience the O.N.E. camp is designed to provide a bridge for these students to move from their high school classrooms to the practical applications of hands-on learning and then to employment,” said Lori Smith, MCC College, and Career Planning and Work-based Learning coordinator.

And since many high school students are undecided about their careers, the camp will give the students a chance to make a more informed choice about their future, Smith added.

The day began with orientation and tours of the College’s Medical Laboratory Technology Program, Health Information Technology and The Betty W. Davis Center for Nursing Simulation Studies Simulation Lab of the Associate Degree Nursing Program. The younger students also got the chance to talk with MCC students who are studying in the Associate Degree Nursing Program. After that, students got a closer look at hospital procedures through touring key areas of the hospitals and visiting with administrators.

“The participants saw just what it takes to administer to the medical needs of a patient who is admitted to the hospital through general admissions or emergency admissions,” Smith said.

One of the campers, Javon Walker, a student at Northeast Lauderdale who has an interest in the medical arena, said his experience with O.N.E. camp was informative. He said, “It opened my eyes wider.”

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