HCOE Hosts ‘Health Career Exploration Summer Institute’

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Top L-R: Colin Doane, Louis Vang, Caroline Dieker, Sydney Hasselquist, Zoe Locicero, Amelia Staiano, Taya Gomes, Camrym Pinard, Molly Gillespie, David Lekas ​​Bottom L-R: Taylor Appy, Mira McDavitt , Sidney Madsen, Libby Johnston, Neftaly Mendez, Kasidy Johnston, Fortuna High School Instructor, Sara Dixon

Here is a press release from the Humboldt County Office of Education:

Sixteen local high school students, exploring health care careers, graduated from the Health Career Exploration Summer Institute (HESI) on Friday, July 1, in a ceremony that was the culmination of a two-week summer education program.

The HESI was conducted by the Humboldt County Office of Education (HCOE) Work Education Initiative. Graduation ceremonies were held Friday at the organization’s Sequoia Conference Center.

The HESI program is designed to give students exposure to some of the different career paths available in the healthcare industry. Participating students explored healthcare careers and gained knowledge of the local healthcare industry. The lesson series was taught under the direction of Fortuna High School instructor Sara Dixon. The HESI program benefited from on-site hospital experiences in Providence-St. Joseph Health, Humboldt County.

HESI students experienced a variety of medical perspectives in the HCOE classroom and field trips to the Northern California Community Blood Bank and Cal-Ore Life Flight sites, where segments of the program were taught. Guest lecturers and industry professionals were invited to talk about careers as nurses, lab technicians, etc., and students participated in hands-on activities such as suturing, applying tourniquets, giving injections. At the end, the students received certificates.

The HESI program is just one component of the Health Careers Exploration Project (HCEP) of Workplace Education at the Humboldt County Office of Education. Discover all our programs on https://hcoe.org/education-at-work.

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