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Event : 9-1-14: Holiday - Labor Day
 Time: 01/09/2014 - 01/09/2014

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Event : 9-26-14: Graduation Application Deadline
 Time: 26/09/2014 - 26/09/2014

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Event : Artist Series - Hot Club San Francisco
 Time: 29/09/2014 - 29/09/2014

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Event : Artist Series - Jaimee Paul
 Time: 09/10/2014 - 09/09/2014

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Event : Artist Series - Jaimee Paul
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Health Scholars Camp 2013 is a success

NFCC, Healthcare Workforce Network and Big Bend AHEC join forces to teach local students about careers in healthcare

MADISON, FL — This summer 22 6th-9th grade students ventured to the North Florida Community College campus for Health Scholars Camp 2013. The camp, sponsored by Big Bend Area Health Education Center (AHEC), Healthcare Workforce Network and NFCC Allied Health, explored healthcare, fitness, nutrition, science and related careers.

“The focus of the camp is to increase the knowledge of healthy lifestyle choices and the various healthcare occupations students can pursue,” said Amy Ellison, Executive Director of the Healthcare Workforce Network. 

Campers participated in field trips to Florida State University’s College of Medicine and Florida A&M University’s College of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, and also visited local healthcare facilities including Madison Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and Allied Therapy Services. NFCC’s Allied Health department showed off its nursing labs and patient simulators to the young students and NFCC Practical Nursing students shared basic first aid tips, making first aid kits for each camper. Madison County Emergency Medical Services stopped by for an ambulance tour and shared insight into EMS services and careers. The young students also learned about oral health and tobacco prevention from Big Bend AHEC representative Emily Kohler, participated in a disability awareness activity presented by NFCC Allied Health Advisor Debbie Bass, and learned how to create healthy snacks each day.

NFCC Fitness Coordinator Tyler Coody and Junior Auxiliary of Madison County representative Kathy Rogers led physical fitness workouts for the campers and NFCC Biology Instructor Dr. Greg Molnar worked in some interesting science experiments and projects during the four-day camp. Amy Ellison, Healthcare Workforce Network Director, helped coordinate the camp and spoke to the young students about possible careers in healthcare.

Leading Health Scholars 2013 were Wendy Silvernell (camp counselor and LPN) along with Jennifer Anderson (NFCC nursing student). Students participating in the camp were from Madison and Hamilton counties.

For more information on the Healthcare Workforce Network, contact Amy Ellison at (850) 973-1671 or email ellisona@nfcc.edu. The Network serves a six-county area (Hamilton, Jefferson, Lafayette, Madison, Suwannee and Taylor) and is organized to facilitate healthcare recruitment and training of local residents to increase healthcare access and foster economic development in a rural, high-unemployment area. For more information on NFCC’s Allied Health programs (Patient Care Technician, Practical Nursing and Registered Nursing), contact Debbie Bass at (850) 973-1662 or bassd@nfcc.edu.  

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