July 24, 2019 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College will provide hands-on experiences with health careers next week to girls in seventh through ninth grades.
GRCC is teaming up with Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore on a Scrubs Camp from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 29 to Aug. 1 at Leslie E. Tassell M-TEC, 622 Godfrey Ave. SW. This is the second week of Scrubs Camp this summer, exposing students to healthcare career options. This project is a part of a grant from the JP Morgan Chase Foundation.
The Girl Scouts will learn about career opportunities in medical assisting, radiology and ultrasound, respiratory therapy, ophthalmology, audiology, emergency medicine, training and fitness, nursing, physical and occupational therapy, behavior and addiction counseling, and sterile processing, among others.
“The health-care field covers so many disciplines and so many skills,” said Lannie Collard, who runs health and wellness programs with GRCC Workforce Training. “The camp participants will meet and engage with people in the West Michigan healthcare field and get to work in the GRCC simulation labs.”
“The Scrubs Camp for girls is building career-connected learning experiences within the health care field,” said Barbara Hill, CEO of Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore. “This will be an amazing program where girls will work collaboratively with both professional mentors and their peers.”
West Michigan health employers are playing a key role in this effort. As part of the camp, the Girl Scouts will also tour local care facilities, receive mentoring from health care professionals and work with career coaches. Spectrum Health, Mercy Health St. Mary’s and Holland Home are working with GRCC to provide instruction.
Grand Rapids Community College has been offering educational opportunities in West Michigan for more than 100 years. Established in 1914, the college offers degree courses, certification and training programs, and workshops and personal enrichment classes. Offerings are held on GRCC’s downtown Grand Rapids campus, and at several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties, as well as through distance learning.