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Health care careers highlighted at Mt. San Jacinto College Health Occupations Discovery Camp


Last updated 1/26/2018 at Noon

High school students watch a medevac helicopter take of at the MSJC Menifee campus during the MSJC Health Occupation Discovery Camp, Jan. 11. Shane Gibson photo (High school students watch a medevac helicopter take of at the MSJC Menifee campus during the MSJC Health Occupation Discovery Camp, Jan. 11. Shane Gibson photo)

More than 200 students from four local high schools elected to participate in the special two-day Health Occupations Discovery Camp on the Menifee campus of Mt. San Jacinto College, Jan. 10-11, presented by colleges Nursing and Allied Health Program in partnership with the Inland Health Professions Coalition.

The high school students from Lake Elsinore High, Citrus High, Paloma High, Perris High, Heritage High, West Valley High, Hemet High and Taquitz High were able to take blood pressure tests, temperatures, perform a sonogram and do many other tasks expected by nurses and medical technicians under the supervision of MSJC Nursing School Faculty and students in-training. Other students experienced a little of what an emergency medical technician or paramedic experiences in the field with a model ambulance and its equipment.

linkA few of the students in-training at the MSJC Nursing School chose to take their nurses and emergency medical technician training after learning about MSJC’s program in high school.

Tahquitz High School students from left, Sierra Williams, Skye Buller and Hailey Woodward, learn about prepping a wound at MSJC's nursing program during the Health Occupation Discovery Camp in Menifee, Jan. 11.

“It’s truly impactful for students to experience a college campus and explore opportunities within the health profession,” Rehman Attar, program manager for the IHPC in a news release. “This will provide them with numerous opportunities to discover their passion, interact with professionals, gain guidance and, most importantly, drive these students toward a lifetime of success in serving their communities.”

It was the second time the college and the Inland Health Professions Coalition have sponsored the camp for high school students interested in health care careers. Supervising the camp was Peter Zografos, Ph.D. R.N., director of the college’s School of Nursing, and Joyce Johnson, dean of nursing and Allied Health.

The camp directly benefits students from the medically underserved areas of Menifee, Lake Elsinore, Hemet and Perris. It is designed to inspire students to learn about various health professions and is done through the generosity of the Perkins Mini Grant and the California Careers Pathway Trust.


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