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Local InterestKCC Prepares Next Generation of Health Care WorkersThe next generation of health care providers is getting started at Kel- logg Community College, with some help from medical students and nurs- es-in-training.The Kellogg Community College Healthcare Pipeline Project partners KCC with the Western Michigan Uni- versity Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine to bring kids faceto face with medical stu- dents and health care pro- fessionals in monthly learn- ing sessions.The program, created with the Battle Creek Com- munity Foundation and the Battle Creek College Ac- cess Network, is based on one the medical school al- ready had in the Kalamazoo area.The participants are eighth-graders from Lakev- iew Middle School, and they get up early on Sat- urday mornings to come to KCC for discussion and hands-on health care expe- rience.Whether or not the kids decide to go into health care, they have an idea of what the jobs could be like and how to use local resources such as KCC to find what works for them.KCC Occupational Education Direc- tor Dr. Chet Dalski said the young stu- dents can help solve an ongoing problem in Michigan.“It’s one that is rearing its ugly headand it’s developing,” Dalski said. “There is a shortage of workers in the health care industry and that shortage is antici- pated to grow.”At KCC, the eighth-graders get a close look at health care jobs. Each monthly session, health care profes- sionals and Stryker medical students work with kids on team-based activities,“All the nurses are helpful and nice,” Jackson said. “They bring open arms and it’s open to ask questions.”During the handwashing activity, the students first applied a powder that is only visible under ultraviolet light, and then did their best to wash it off. In a dark room, nurses waited with lights to show the students where they didn’twash enough.When the kids saw howmuch powder was left, there was a lot of, “Whoa” and, “Oh man.”The patient simulator is a model person sitting in a hospital bed while being controlled from another room. The operator speaks through the model, tell- ing nursing students about symptoms. The kids from Lakeview took turns lis- tening to its heartbeat and watched a nursing student administer care.The day’s activities planted an idea in Jackson’s mind. She’s thinking abouta career in health.“Probably cardiology, or helping can-cer patients or nursing,” Jackson said when asked what area interested her the most.The idea of a student at that age think- ing about her future career was remark- able to Lakeview School District student support specialist Alycia Marshall.Marshall is also the student coordina- tor for Inclusive Excellence and was at February’s session.“There are about seven of them total who are really saying, ‘We’re sure this is what we want to do,’” Marshall said. “And then the fact that there are so many at this age that don’t know what they want to do, what an opportunity this has been to introduce them to so many dif- ferent areas in a field they may not have ever thought of going into.”Marshall said students are excited at school about upcoming sessions.“I’m just thankful because on a Satur- day when they could choose to do any- thing else, they chose to come here every single time,” Marshall said.BY ANDY FITZPATRICK, KCC Public Information and Marketinglearning sessions and studying parts of the body or medical conditions.At the February session, the topic was asthma. Activities included working with the KCC Nursing program’s patient simulator, seeing how hard it actually is to get their hands completely clean, and hearing about the day in the life of a nurse.Student Samara Jackson said she liked all of the activities.• Over 300 Booths on Two Floors• Stairs and Elevator to Second Floor• Limited Dealer Space Available• Brown’s Clock Repair9247 West Chicago Road, Allen, Michigan 517-869-2888 / allenantiquebarn@hotmail.comwww.allenantiquebarn.comHours: 10:00-5:00 – 7 DaysOWNER: BRYCE McCOWAN20SCENE 4304 I WOMEN IN BUSINESS

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