Health Professions Days at Concord A Hit
- April 25, 2014
- MEDIA CONTACT: Darice Ingram, Communications and Marketing Manager, 925-602-6772
The Concord Campus hosted three Pre-Health Professional Information Days for current high school 11th graders on January 28, February 25 and April 8, 2014. This was the first time the Concord Campus hosted an event showcasing health care careers for students attending academy programs throughout the Bay Area.
Darice Ingram, Communications and Marketing Manager, for the Concord Campus, thought it would be a great opportunity for future college students to learn about different career paths in the health care industry. “I originally thought we would have about 100 students interested, but we hosted over 500 students from Jesse Bethel, De Anza, Pinole, Pittsburg, College Park, Dozier-Libbey Medical, Ygnacio Valley, and Mt. Diablo High Schools.”
Many of the students attending the event were first generation college students that had never visited the Concord Campus. Cal State East Bay Nursing and Health Professions faculty, staff and students contributed by conducting live patient simulations, allowing students to view the state of the art labs, feel, touch and experience Nursing classrooms.
Every high school student attended six workshops, including sessions on Financial Aid and use of the CSU Mentor tool, a vital tool in the enrollment process. They were also treated to a ‘real life’ Health Science lecture by Dr. Oscar Wambuguh; as well as Newborn ICU nurse Brandy Woods’ inspirational talk on her experience caring for premature infants who, in some cases, weighed less than 2 pounds at birth. Throughout the day current Cal State East Bay students and CSUEB Alumni shared their experiences through panels and presentations.
Student chaperones were especially pleased. “This was definitely the best, most well run event I and my students have attended. All the information was useful.” One student noted, “I walked out of the room with a different view on Nursing. She [Nurse Woods] helped open my eyes to what I really want to be.” Other students said that the event was inspirational, and strengthened their commitment to a career in health care.
The Concord Campus plans to make this an annual event.
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