Students get close look at health careers

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  • Hillary Gavan/Beloit Daily News Fantasia Czarnecki, a junior from Clinton High School, learns about a surgical simulator from Blackhawk Technical College recruitment specialist Elisa Colson on Tuesday. BTC was teaching area high schoolers about healthcare career pathways at Health Care Day.

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    Hillary Gavan/Beloit Daily News Clinton High School student Kassandra Salinas, who hopes to be a forensic pathologist, learns about healthcare careers as she looks at a medical mannequin at Blackhawk Technical College. A Health Care Day was held on campus Tuesday to help high schoolers learn about healthcare career pathways.

  • Hillary Gavan/Beloit Daily News Fantasia Czarnecki, a junior from Clinton High School, learns about a surgical simulator from Blackhawk Technical College recruitment specialist Elisa Colson on Tuesday. BTC was teaching area high schoolers about healthcare career pathways at Health Care Day.

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    Hillary Gavan/Beloit Daily News Clinton High School student Kassandra Salinas, who hopes to be a forensic pathologist, learns about healthcare careers as she looks at a medical mannequin at Blackhawk Technical College. A Health Care Day was held on campus Tuesday to help high schoolers learn about healthcare career pathways.

JANESVILLE - Around 300 area high schoolers learned about the many careers in healthcare during Health Care Day Tuesday, featuring visits to Blackhawk Technical College (BTC) and area healthcare systems.

"There's more to healthcare than what they have experienced from going to the doctor," said BTC Enrollment Development Coordinator Katie Lange.

Students kicked off their day touring a healthcare facility before stopping in at BTC to hear panels of healthcare professionals speak about their profession. They also received tours of the state-of-the-art healthcare training facilities at BTC, which help students prepare for real-world challenges in medical and public safety careers. As part of the tour, students were able to see the simulation labs with mock hospital and apartment set-ups where students practice medical scenarios as well as visit to the virtual cadaver.

Schools participating Tuesday included Beloit Memorial High School, Turner High School, Clinton High School, Rock County Christian School and other schools in Rock and Green counties. Beloit Health System, SSM Health in Janesville and Monroe, Mercyhealth, Edgerton Hospital and Rock County Health Department were participating healthcare providers.

"It's been a really great partnership between the healthcare providers, the school districts and BTC in addition to other partners such as Rock County 5.0 and Area Health Education Center South Central," Lange said.

Lange said BTC offers the following training programs for careers in healthcare: nursing, physical therapist assistant, diagnostic medical sonography, radiography, medical assistant, nursing assistant, dental assistant and medical administrative coding specialist. The new surgical technical program will also be starting soon. In addition, BTC has several articulation agreements, so students can complete their associate's degree with BTC and transfer to a 4-year college or university.

Students who participated in Health Care Day received free T-shirts, snacks and other items for their goodie bags.

Following Tuesday's event, BTC will have an Annual Health Fair from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10, with more than 30 informational booths, demonstrations, activities and door prizes.

The event will include free health screenings and information on important topics such as dental health, nutrition, breast cancer, medication safety, elder care, domestic violence and mental health. The event is free and open to the public.

At the Annual Health Fair Women in Leadership at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 11, area business women will speak about opportunities and challenges for women in leadership. The panelists represent some of the following organizations: Wisconsin Assembly, Hendricks Holdings, Forward Janesville and Blackhawk Bank.

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