Batesville and Lawrenceburg middle school students learned firsthand the education needed to succeed in the health care field and gained valuable skills and certifications as first steps toward success at Ivy Tech Community College this summer.
Ivy Tech hosted 40 seventh- through ninth-grade students at its health care summer camps at the Ivy Tech Batesville site and Lawrenceburg campus in June. Twenty students attended each camp, where they explored career opportunities in the health care field, interacted with health care professionals in the community, learned about the education and skills needed for a variety of health care careers, received first aid certification and participated in a service learning project.
At the Batesville camp, students toured Margaret Mary Health, including the simulation lab; visited The Waters of Batesville to learn about nursing services, nutrition, social services and therapy services; visited Hill-Rom’s Customer Experience Room; and communicated with a guest speaker from One Community One Family. Batesville Community School Corp. provided transportation between sites for students and instructors.
“We were excited to host students and provide them with opportunities to explore different health care careers within our facility,” said The Waters of Batesville administrator Stephanie Blevins.
At the Lawrenceburg camp, students toured Dearborn County Hospital, visited Ridgewood Health Campus and communicated with guest speakers from Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine and One Community One Family. A student commented, “The camp was informative and motivating. After going to camp, I discovered a deeper passion for the medical field. I look forward to a future in health care.”
Students at both camps participated in a panel discussion with college students studying health care careers. Area Health Education Centers facilitated the discussion, which provided students with opportunities to seek answers to questions about postsecondary education, including recommendations for courses to take while in high school, advice on applying for scholarships and information about college life.
As part of their service learning projects, students at both camps assembled backpacks with personal hygiene products for males, females, children and infants, and these backpacks were distributed locally for persons in need.
“Health Care Summer Camp was a wonderful opportunity for students to meet health care professionals, tour health care organizations and seek information about college,” said Kellie Elston, a parent of one of the middle school attendees.
This was the first year Ivy Tech hosted the camps at both locations.
“We received lots of positive comments from parents and students at both camps, regarding the tours, engaging activities and discussions that promoted interested in health care careers,” said Shelly Eisert, Ivy Tech professor of nursing. “We are very pleased with the positive feedback … and we are looking forward to next year’s health care summer camp.”
Ivy Tech officials thank all sponsors for making this event possible. A special thanks to East Indiana Health Education Center, Dearborn County Hospital, Dearborn Community Foundation, The Waters of Batesville, One Community One Family, Margaret Mary Health, St. Andrews Health Campus, Hill-Rom, Ridgewood Health Campus, Genesis: Pathways to Success, Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine and Batesville Community School Corp.