HEALTHCARE CAREER EXPLORATION COMES TO LAKE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL
On Friday, April 22, 2022, Lake County High School (LCHS) hosted a joint healthcare event involving local healthcare employers and Dyersburg State Community College (DSCC). First, five senior level students engaged in healthcare curriculum at the high school participated in mock interviews. Zabian Sanders of Signature Healthcare in Ridgely and Jennifer Bentley of Lake County Primary Care served as the interviewers, enabling the students to prepare for the employment interview in healthcare careers, as well as post-secondary healthcare programs which require interviews as part of the application process.
"We are very thankful for our local healthcare employers that came to do mock interviews with our CNA class," said LCHS instructor, Crystal Prince. "The students were able to experience what it was like to be at a real job interview. Being able to hear questions that are asked in a job interview will prepare them for a real job interview once they enter the workforce."
Meanwhile, DSCC staff brought their ambulance simulator to expose students to careers as EMT, Paramedic, Nursing, and Flight Nursing. Every single student in the high school (grades 9-12) toured the simulator in groups of 10-12, practicing CPR and intubating on a patient simulator, as well as board the ambulance and feel the simulation of traveling at 80 mph. The staff talked to the students about the day-to-day activities of being an EMT/Paramedic and how they can pursue an education and career in the medical field. DSCC staff also took the opportunity to talk to students about Fire Fighters being required to be EMTs, explaining the diversity of careers for EMTs. Since most of the students had never been inside an ambulance, it was a great learning experience for them. Many were shocked they could earn their EMT basic in just one semester of college. DSCC EMS Director Baker McCool oversees the program, which includes EMT Basic (a one-semester course) followed by EMT Advanced (one additional semester).
LCHS Principal Mike Moore added, "I would like to thank the Northwest Tennessee Workforce Board and DSCC for their continued support to Lake County High School. Every student in our building had the opportunity to go through the simulator and talk to healthcare professionals. This was a great opportunity for them to see what it is really like working in these jobs, and hopefully the event sparked interest in the healthcare fields for our students. We look forward to hosting it again in the future."