High School Seniors Learn what CCC Health Sciences has to Offer
CLARKSDALE – High school students from Cleveland and Clarksdale that are interested in pursuing a career in healthcare learned why they should make Coahoma Community College their first choice Wednesday.
Hosted by the Division of Health Sciences, the High School Day event was part of a new recruitment effort to show future health professionals the wide range of opportunities CCC has to offer. Seniors from Cleveland High School and Clarksdale High School toured CCC’s Health Sciences building and were given the opportunity to meet program directors and see demonstrations. The students had all expressed interests in the healthcare field and are currently enrolled in an Allied Health program at their respective schools.
“We wanted to give them an orientation about what we have available and to see the entire picture of what we have to offer,” said Assistant Vice President for Health Sciences Beverly Overton. “The most important thing we have to offer is affordable tuition and an excellent student-faculty ratio. We’re a small college, and we have a vested interest in our students; they’re not just a number to us. It’s our goal for them to succeed. We want them to be able to find a job when they graduate, and in these programs you can.”
The students first received a brief orientation where they learned about CCC’s admission process from CCC recruiter Emmanuel Lackey. They were then introduced to faculty and staff in the Division of Health Sciences and given a brief synopsis on each of the available programs, which includes Associate Degree Nursing (ADN), Practical Nursing (LPN) Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Paramedic, Polysomnography (Sleep Technology), Respiratory Care, Nursing Assistant (CNA), and Phlebotomy/EKG.
Finally, the students were placed into groups and received an in-depth look into the curriculum for the Polysomnograpy, EMT/Paramedic and Practical Nursing (LPN) programs from instructors who gave hands-on demonstrations.
Overton said the goal is to begin recruiting students as soon as possible.
“We really want to get these students as young as we can, so they’ll know that we’re here. We want them to really look at what Coahoma has to offer them.”