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“It’s a good experience … it shows males in nursing jobs.”
That’s what Joshua Hearn said about Wednesday’s unique camp, “Experience the O.N.E: Hospital Stay.” Fowler was one of 43 Meridian High School male ninth graders taking a part in a one-of-kind opportunity.
Meridian Community College hosted the day-long camp in which students explored health professions by spending the morning on the MCC campus in health programs with students and in afternoon with professionals at Rush Foundation Hospital and Anderson Regional Medical Center.
This one-day session, Experience the Occupations Not Usually Explored by Men: Hospital Stay, was made possible through a grant from the State Board for Community and Junior Colleges. The objective is to recruit males in non-traditional fields of work.
“Experience the O.N.E. camp was 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 Nan Robinson, MCC Industrial Technology Division chairman and Work-Based Learning and College Career Planning Coordinator.
And since many high school students are undecided about their careers, the camp offered students a chance to make a more informed choice about their future, Robinson added.
From seeing the College’s Medical Laboratory Technology Program, Radiologic Technology and the Simulation Lab of the Associate Degree Nursing Program, the students also got a closer look at hospital procedures and visited with administrators.
“The campers see what it takes to administer to the medical needs of a patient who is admitted to the hospital through general admissions or emergency admissions,” Robinson said.
MCC was one of three community colleges Mississippi to receive the grant.
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