Students take free classes at CAH

Students take free classes at CAH

CARLINVILLE (Dec. 7, 2017) – Students from Carlinville, Gillespie and Litchfield high schools recently completed the High School to Healthcare (HS2HC) program at Carlinville Area Hospital, where they spent time learning about various health careers from healthcare professionals.

The complimentary class is offered to area high school students interested in pursuing a career in healthcare. Over the course of eight weeks, meeting one evening per week at the hospital, students meet and learn from professionals in nursing, laboratory science, respiratory therapy, pharmacy, radiology, physical and occupational therapy and behavioral health. The classes are based around a hypothetical case study of a medical situation and injured/ill patient, and each profession teaches students how their profession helps the patient, from accident/injury/disease through rehabilitation and recovery. The classes offer hands-on learning opportunities, introduces them to medical equipment, and discusses education requirements, career options and expected career growth within each field. Hospital managers involved in HS2HC use hospital equipment that is utilized on a daily basis to give students a “real life” view of professional activities.

The program began in the fall of 2015. Classes are open to area high school students and are offered at the hospital in the fall and spring semesters. For more information, contact Tanya Kessinger at (217) 854-3141, ext. 373.

 Area high school students who recently completed the High School to Healthcare program at Carlinville Area Hospital are, front row, from left, Carlinville High School students Cheyanne Hackwith-Work, Grace Miller, Cara Emery, Haylee Houseman and Vivienne Wieneke; front row, CHS students Makayla Proctor, Molly Lewis, Claire Wilton, Emma Smith and Cheyenne McLain, Litchfield High School students Summer Beckham and Abby Milsap, and HS2HC Coordinator Tanya Kessinger, occupational therapist. Not pictured are Hannah Labby of Gillespie High School and Grace Flannery of LHS.