Working healthcare professionals donate their time to visit health academy classrooms across the Inland Empire. They providing the students insight into a wide variety of professions in healthcare. These speakers are part of the IHPC Career Speakers Bureau and their presentations motivate, inspire, and provide critical information to students who wish to pursue similar fields of study. Better than reading a book, students are exposed to real life scenarios and can get immediate answers to their questions from people in the field today. Here are some of our recent classroom visits:
Valley View High School - formal football player, Kevin Germany Jr. is now a certified Physical Therapy Aid talked about IPPT Career School (aka Southern California Health Institute), his time in the US Army, and his work under a physical therapist. He shared his perspective on the rewards and challenges of his job and kept the students engaged by asking each senior in the class what career they are pursing and then discussed it with them.
Valley View High School also heard from Samuel Anaya, a chronic disease outreach worker at the Riverside Community Health Foundation. He told the students that he is a first generation Mexican-American who recently graduated from UCR and shared many stories of his experiences as a volunteer with Project Josh and Friends (an organization that brings comfort to sick kids in Loma Linda Children's Hospital), and as a medical scribe and administrative assistant at Loma Linda University. He explained what a Chronic Disease Outreach Worker does, what students have to achieve in school to get into the field. His presentation included a moment of reflection where he provided each student handout to write down their own values, passions, and talents. His colleague Jessielee Sittig, the Chronic Disease Program Coordinator, also attended the session.
Eisenhower High School in Rialto got in on the speaker's circuit also with a retired clinical lab scientist, Ron Sanchez, who spoke to over 60 AVID (a college and career readiness program) students about the various career paths within the field and stressed the importance of developing good study habits now to prepare for college.
Canyon Springs Health Academy (above) received a visit from Whitney Carrigan, a board certified athletic trainer and NATA (National Athletic Trainer's Association) member, who works on a high school campus. She brought along her tools of the trade to demo to the students. The students really enjoyed checking out her TENS unit, blood pressure cuff, cupping massage set, finger heart rate monitor, and athletic tape. Ms. Carrigan explained what an athletic trainer is, what they do, and what they have to do in school to become a trainer like herself. All the students had opportunity to practice medical taping on each other, which they enjoyed immensely.
Vista Del Lago Health academy students were treated to a fact-filled presentation by clinical lab scientist, Michael Fini, CLS, MT(ASCP), who works at BioData Medical Laboratories. Not only did he walk students through various diagnostic analysis for different body fluids and the academic pathway to medical lab science, he also shared his personal ups and downs in the field, sharing his experience with owning and the losing his own lab. He described the work environment of a clinical lab scientist and both the rewards and challenges of the field. Students got to view a hypothetical metabolic panel report and blood count analysis which Mr. Fini explained to them.