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Local Students Can Learn About Future Career Opportunities at WKCTC

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.

Learning about career options early is a vital part of encouraging young students to go to continue their education after high school, particularly students who might be the first in their families to go college, said Kevin ONeill, WKCTC continuing education coordinator. We know its important to provide these students the opportunity to see if a career in healthcare or energy is in their future.

So You Want to Work in Healthcare will be held on June 9-12 in the Allied Health Building, room W-107. Students will learn about programs such as nursing, physical therapy, surgical technology, dental hygiene/assisting, phlebotomy and more. The maximum enrollment for the camp is 25.

Margaret Johnson and Laura Durbin, WKCTC assistant professors of nursing, will be the leaders for the healthcare camp. Students will be divided into five groups for hands-on experiences with simulation and 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.

WKCTC Air Conditioning Technology Coordinator Mark Westerfield will teach Exploring Energy amp; Alternative Energy Careers on June 16-19 in the Emerging Technology Center, room 216. The maximum enrollment in the energy camp is 20.

Students will have the opportunity to tour two energy plants to learn how electric energy is produced. Campers will visit a local power utility to learn how the electric grid works and learn how electricity gets to their homes. On the WKCTC campus, students will also learn from WKCTC faculty about alternative energy options. They will have hands-on activities on how a generator works, explore wind and solar energy and learn what it takes to have a career in the energy industry.

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 their education process 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.