Posted: Jul 12, 2012 7:28 AM by Beth Beechie - MTN News
Updated: Jul 12, 2012 9:10 AM
GREAT FALLS- There are over 100 Montana teens from around the state that are busy are getting a head start in the medical profession thanks to a MedStart camp where students are learning medical care techniques for free.
Adrienne Cox of Victor knows that health care is in her future. "I'm kind of thinking about going to college to become a paramedic and do that for a little while and then probably getting a degree in nursing."
Cox is getting hands-on experience on what it's like to work in the health field for the rest of the week in Great Falls.
" I think it's a good foundation because they give you opportunities to learn different things in the medical field. They give you two days of job shadowing. And so you can find out if it's really what you want to do or not," Cox explained.
These are 30 high school juniors and seniors taking part in the camp who are getting a chance to explore career possibilities. That's exactly what the camp coordinators have in mind this week.
" We had a few instructors talk about what opportunities we have in Montana, just even at the College of Technology here in Great Falls is offered. And it really opened their eyes at, 'whoa! They have this program here?' or 'hey! That sounds interesting, maybe I'd like to go into that type of field,'" MedStart camp coordinator Kailyn Dorhauer explained.
That's just what the 115 students from across the Big Sky had the chance to learn. Some 30 teens in Great Falls will spend a week at the camp, but other camps were also put on in Missoula, Bozeman, and Billings, all striving to teach kids that they can chase their dreams and further education right here in Montana.
The students will spend the rest of this week shadowing at nine area health care facilities