Austin Community College

December 3, 2010 by staff 

Austin Community College, The medical field offers challenging career opportunities for young people who study and work hard enough. Elgin high school students recently got a hands-on look at some of these careers in a nursing academy Nov. 19.

The one-day academy was sponsored by Capital Area Health Education Center (AHEC) and Austin Community College. Students who attended the academy also have the opportunity to apply for a one-week camp at Texas State University in San Marcos or University of Texas at Austin.

A federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant funded five academies of nursing a day and two summer camps for a week.

Elgin Academy attracted 23 students, who learned on a variety of nursing tasks.

“We had a nursing school in Austin for about 10 years now,” said Capital AHEC Senior Program Coordinator Ashley King. “We worked with ACC to bring to rural areas. This was our second year at the HRSA grant and our first time to provide an academy in Elgin.”

It was not the beginning of AHAC involvement in Elgin, ui. The center has partnered with Elgin High School for about 15 years.

“We’re just trying to inform students about career opportunities in nursing and how to better prepare for these opportunities to high school,” King said. “This gives them the opportunity to talk to nursing students ACC and throw himself on the experience.”

EHS director of career and technology education (formerly vocational education), said AHEC always inform the school on educational opportunities for health career students and Elgin have always been active in programs of AHEC.

“It’s important,” said Wing. “It allows our students to see if a career field they wish to pursue. It helps them decide what courses to take to the ESS.”

The experience also helps students when they apply for college or post-secondary schools.

“In the past, students have discovered career fields that they have not even thought of before,” she said. “These kids are pumped out of this sort.”

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