Monday, July 9, 2012 —
Stanly Community College (SCC) recently hosted an Allied Health career camp for Adult Basic Skills students. This is the sixth annual camp held at the college and funded in partnership with Charlotte’s Area Health Education Center (AHEC). AHEC develops initiatives to educate pre-college students about health careers. Some SCC adult literacy students have continued their education by enrolling in curriculum programs as a result of this camp.
Students spent a week visiting allied health programs that the college offers, gaining hands-on experience with some of the equipment used in the career fields, and meeting with program instructors for question-and-answer sessions to learn more about their particular areas.
Presentations on the Albemarle campus included Biomedical Equipment Technology, Medical Assisting, Nursing, Respiratory, and Criminal Justice. The crime lab course (Criminalistics) teaches forensic science skills needed to identify and analyze physical evidence (i.e. fingerprints, blood stains) in solving crimes.
The Allied Health campers also visited the Crutchfield campus in Locust. They observed and participated in demonstrations involving Medical Laboratory Technology, Radiography, and the Continuing Education Healthcare programs.
In addition to tours of the college, students were given tours of Stanly Manor, Stanly Regional Imaging Center and Stanly Regional Medical Center.
Career opportunities in this field vary greatly and will increase due to the growing demand to meet current and future healthcare needs in America. By providing these camp participants with practical, hands-on information, the Basic Skills department at Stanly Community College and AHEC have helped students become more informed about health occupations.