June 26, 2018 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — High school students will learn about an in-demand career option through a partnership between Grand Rapids Community College's nursing faculty and Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids.
GRCC's nursing instructors and students will lead three summer workshops for high schoolers in the club's Career Pathways Program. The June 28 and July 12 sessions will be at a Boys & Girls Club site. For the final session on July 19, students will work in GRCC's nursing simulation lab.
Sue Koons, assistant professor in GRCC's Nursing program, said the partnership is a great opportunity to share information about a rewarding and in-demand profession.
"The Nursing Department is very excited to partner with the students from the Career Pathways Program," she said. "We have two instructional sessions planned and will focus on teaching the students skills that include listening to heart and lung sounds and taking blood pressures and pulses. Following the initial class sessions at the Paul I. Phillips Center, students will then be 'checked-off' on their newly acquired skills in the simulation labs at GRCC, where they'll use our high-fidelity mannequins. This is exactly how the nursing students practice and complete their competency check offs.
"It will be a great opportunity for the Pathway students to learn about our health career programs, including our two nursing programs. Many students don't realize that they can begin the GRCC nursing school application process while they are still in high school. So there's lots to learn!"
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.