Armstrong Holds Health Careers Summer Camp

(July 26, 2013) Armstrong's College of Health Professions is wrapping up its inaugural Health Careers Summer Camp, a week-long program designed for high school juniors and seniors to learn more about the healthcare profession. The young students have been able to live on the Armstrong campus and learn about a variety of health career opportunities while enjoying a true college experience with their peers.

To attend the camp, students had to meet academic requirements, including SAT and ACT requirements, and have an interest in studying healthcare in college. Participants, 29 in all, traveled to Savannah from across the state, from Habersham to Effingham counties and points between. Three students came all the way from Vicenza, Italy, where their parents are stationed, serving on active duty.

The camp's staff included the camp coordinator, Brittney Lumpkin, a junior psychology major at Armstrong, and two camp counselors, Torah Wallace, a senior in the respiratory therapy program, and Brad Jones a 2013 Armstrong health sciences graduate. Corine Ackerson-Jones, coordinator of recruitment and retention for the College of Health Professions, served as the camp director.

Most of the students had an interest in healthcare before their visit but weren't sure if that was what they wanted to study. Jesse Frazer, an up-and-coming senior, said, “I originally thought I wanted to be a teacher, but this camp helped me decide to be in the health care field instead. But I still want to work with small children, so now I want to be an elementary school nurse.”

The program has also been a great opportunity for the students to learn new things within the different fields of healthcare.

“We learned a lot about hematology and the components of blood,” explained Taylor Borden, a junior. “The most interesting was when we learned intubation, which is when you put a tube down the patient's throat and make sure it is going down the correct hole using a light and other tools. It was a complicated process.”

Some students came to the camp knowing that they would pursue a healthcare degree in college but weren't sure what area to focus on.

“This camp really helped me to narrow down my path in a health career,” said junior Sterling McRae. “Now I know that I want to work in the respiratory field.”

With the help of Armstrong's Health Careers Summer Camp, these high school students now have a clear path to college degrees that will lead them to successful careers in the health professions.

Writing contributed by Kantrice Hodges, Marketing and Communications Summer 2013 intern.