2015 CI: Healthcare’ program great success for Ascension Parish students

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Shown left to right are (front row) Jasmin Julien, Kasha Kensie, Mary Podorsky, Taylor Richard, (back row) Desiree Cole, Jaci Andrews, Kadyn Brooks, Skye Broussard, and Courtney Duhe.

Central Louisiana Area Health Education Center (CLAHEC) and Our Lady of the Lake College (OLOLC) in Baton Rouge recently presented the “CI: Healthcare” program for high achieving high school juniors and seniors. This unique program was a one-day interactive experience that provided students the opportunity to explore nursing and allied health fields.  Students rotated through different departments to gain experience from a wide variety of medical career choices.

On Friday, Jan. 9, fifty-seven students were able to investigate and participate in several health care fields such as Nursing, Clinical Lab Science, Surgical Technology, Radiologic Technology, Respiratory Therapy, Physical Therapist Assisting, Health Services Administration, Career Awareness, and Biology/Human Medicine.  Students were given the opportunity to observe firsthand various procedures used in each field.  They were able to interact with OLOLC students and faculty and ask questions about specific career choices.  They participated in many “hands-on” activities that demonstrated everyday tasks within the various disciplines.

Attending from Ascension Parish were Skye Broussard from East Ascension High School; Desiree Cole and Mary Podorsky from Dutchtown High School; Kadyn Brooks and Courtney Duhe from St. Amant High School; and Jaci Andrews, Jasmin Julien, Kasha Kensie, and Taylor Richard from Donaldsonville High School.

Kadyn Brooks said, “The CI:Healthcare experience was a great opportunity to hone in on my future health career. I loved the hands on activities and appreciate the information I have learned about the college and careers in the healthcare field.”

Desiree Cole said, “This is an excellent experience to get ahead on an ideal career. I definitely recommend joining to future students.”

Skye Broussard said, “I had a great time and am so glad I decided to do this program. I learned a tremendous amount today.”