Students from various high schools in Southeast Nebraska came to Jefferson Community Health and Life on Monday to learn about careers in healthcare as part of the Southeast Nebraska Career Academy Partnership (SENCAP) through Southeast Community College.
Adam Niederklein, Career Academy Coordinator, explained that students from Fairbury, Meridian, Norris, Thayer Central, Fillmore Central, Bruning-Davenport and Shickley attended the event, learning about a number of skills including taking blood pressure and giving shots.
“There’s about 42 school districts that participate in SENCAP in the region,” said Niederklein. “Each coordinator for a region has a group of schools that they help students understand what careers are available. This specific field trip is for all students who are thinking of healthcare as a career they’re interested in.”
Niederklein stated that they choose different facilities for each visit. He is glad that the students have the opportunity to have a hands-on experience.
“Jefferson Community Health and Life had all of these activities planned for us to give the students a test of what it would be like to work in the healthcare field,” Niederklein said. “They will have a tour of the facility as well. Part of the program is that they get to take a career portion, and they also get dual credit through Southeast Community College. They’ve got an opportunity to learn about a career and to get credit.”
Niederklein believes it is important for students to understand all that a career entails because it can help them to better plan for their future and the field in which they choose to work.
“This is really cool to be able to get them engaging in hands-on activities,” said Niederklein. “We have an array of interests represented here. Some of the students will find out that maybe one aspect of the career wasn’t for them, but maybe another one was.”