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Free Camps at WKCTC Help Students Learn about Energy and Healthcare Careers

Middle school and high school students can learn about careers in healthcare and energy at West Kentucky Community and Technical College beginning in June. Space is limited and early registration is encouraged.

The two free, hands-on Career Craze camps are for students ages 12 to 15 to discover their passion for the healthcare and energy fields.
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WKCTC Air Conditioning Technology Coordinator Mark Westerfield will teach Exploring Energy amp; Alternative Energy Careers on June 8-11 in the Emerging Technology Center, room 155.

Throughout the week campers will learn what careers exist in the energy industry and will tour two local energy plants to learn how electric energy is produced. They will visit a power utility to learn how the electric grid works and how electricity gets to their homes. Students will also travel to WKCTCs Skilled Craft Training Center where a simulation house, a solar power generation system and GEO thermal HVAC system is housed to learn how those systems work. With hands-on activities, the students will learn how a generator and wind energy works. The maximum enrollment in the energy camp is 20.

So You Want to Work in Healthcare will be held on July 6-9 in the Allied Health Building, room W-107. Students will tour the areas of nursing, physical therapy, surgical technology, dental, phlebotomy, X-Ray/ultrasound and other programs on the campus of WKCTC. Students will also travel to Baptist Health to tour the physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech language pathology departments, as well as interact with interns learning about careers in those fields. The maximum enrollment for the camp is 25.

WKCTC Assistant Nursing Professors Paula Isenberg and Kristin Reid will be the leaders for the healthcare camp. Students will be divided into five groups for hands-on experiences with moulage (wounds, blood, etc.), suturing sponge or other simulated object. WKCTC physical therapy assistant students will be on hand to share their experiences; campers will also learn from area healthcare professionals during the camp.

Each camp will be held Monday-Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to noon. On Thursday of each week, families are encouraged to come see what the students learned in each camp.

College representatives will also be available on Thursday during both camps to answer questions as well as encourage the camp participants to look to WKCTC as their next step in education after high school.

Space is limited. Call (270) 534-3335 to register. For more information about the Career Craze camps, contact Kevin ONeill at (270) 534-3206.

Registration for summer and fall classes at WKCTC is also underway. Call 1-(855) GO-WKCTC or visit westkentucky.kctcs.edu for class offerings. Fall classes begin August 17.