High School Students Get Hands-On Experience

Thirty-two excited (and maybe slightly nervous) high school students tried their hand at suturing and giving shots to oranges, taking blood pressures, and taking blood samples on Tuesday at the Southeast Community College Career Academy event at Jefferson Community Health & Life in Fairbury on Tuesday.

“We are always pleased for opportunities for Health Career Academy students to learn about the many health care careers, and have the opportunity to try hands-on activities,” said Adam Niederklein, SCC Career Academy Coordinator for the Southeast Nebraska Career Academy Partnership (SENCAP.)

While at JCH&L, students tried health care techniques themselves, and also learned about doing body composition analysis and other fitness skills; had a tour of the facility; learned about a range of health care careers; and learned the importance of anatomy, physiology, and medical terminology.

SENCAP is a partnership between Southeast Community College and 38 school districts, offering high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to enroll in college level courses in fields in their area of interest: agriculture, business, criminal justice, education, health sciences, information technology, and manufacturing. Besides taking dual credit high school/college courses, the students have the opportunity to explore their career in a hands-on approach through job shadowing, field trips, professional speakers and annual events highlighting resume building, mock interviews and other career-related activities.

Jefferson Community Health & Life has worked with the SENCAP program in a variety of ways, including career exploration, tours, and shadowing. On Tuesday, they hosted 32 students and 3 educators from Fairbury, Fillmore Central, Thayer Central, Bruning-Davenport, Shickley, Norris and Meridian.

“This is a partnership which benefits not only the students, but also our community, as it encourages young people to consider career opportunities in health care,” said Lana Likens, JCH&L director of public relations.