Matt Montgomery of LifeNet in the Heartland, right, discusses the interior of a rescue helicopter with students at Northeast Community College’s Health and Wellness Summer Career Camp recently. The three-day camp offered high school students an opportunity to explore healthcare programs offered by the College. Pictured (from left) are Brianna Hedstrom, O’Neill, Hailey Leuthold, Norfolk, and Kendra Kozisek, O’Neill.
Administering CPR to a mannequin, suturing chicken breasts and touring a life flight rescue helicopter may not be typical summer camp activities, but for fifteen high school students at Northeast Community College’s Health and Wellness Summer Career Camp recently, it was all part of the fun.
The three-day camp held on Northeast’s Norfolk campus offered high school students an opportunity to explore healthcare programs offered by the College, including Allied Health, Health Information Management Systems, Nursing, Paramedic, Personal Training and Physical Therapy Assistant.
Dr. Michele Gill, dean of the Health and Wellness Division at Northeast, said the division developed the camp to spotlight the wide array of studies it offers. “We were so excited to be able to showcase our health and wellness programs at the College to our campers in this creative manner,” she said.
“The campers interacted with our faculty and staff, sparking conversations of what each profession highlighted actually does on a daily basis. Question from our campers truly demonstrated their interest in healthcare careers, and in some cases, confirmed future workplace plans.”
Within each program of study, students participated in hands-on learning experiences.
For the Paramedic field, students watched a LifeNet helicopter perform a landing and had an up-close look at its interior.
Other activities included watching a “jaws of life” demonstration by the Norfolk Fire Department, sewing stiches into chicken breasts and administering care to specialized mannequins.
Campers even had the chance to explore the ventricles and aortas of a 13-foot high, 15-foot wide and 26-foot long inflatable heart as they learned about the circulatory system. Camp concluded with each camper earning certification in CPR.
“We feel that our campers learned much, gained new experiences and also taught our faculty and staff as well,” Gill said. “When you combine interest with enthusiasm, the possibilities are limitless. I think we’ve planted some seeds for our future (healthcare) workforce and that is exciting to witness and be a part of. Our camp staff is already brainstorming for next year’s camp.”
This was Northeast’s first year hosting the camp, which was partially funded through a federal Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 grant as well as a grant through the Nebraska Department of Education.