"2013 CI:Healthcare" program a great success for Iberville students

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South
Pictured from left is Megan Elliott and Nikolas Tircuit. Not pictured is Jewell Thomas.

Central Louisiana Area Health Education Center (CLAHEC) and Our Lady of the Lake College (OLOLC) in Baton Rouge recently presented the "CI:Healthcare" program for high achieving high school juniors and seniors.

This unique program was a one-day interactive experience that provided students the opportunity to explore nursing and allied health fields.

Students rotated through different departments to gain experience from a wide variety of medical career choices.

On Jan. 11, 55 students were able to investigate and participate in several health care fields such as Nursing, Clinical Lab Science, Surgical Technology, Radiologic Technology, Respiratory Therapy, Physical Therapist Assisting, Health Services Administration, Career Awareness, and Biology/Human Medicine.

Students were given the opportunity to observe firsthand various procedures used in each field. They were able to interact with OLOLC students and faculty and ask questions about specific career choices. They participated in many "hands-on" activities to get a feel for the various disciplines.

Attending from Iberville Parish were Megan Elliott from Catholic High School of Pointe Coupee; Jewell Thomas from White Castle High School and Nikolas Tircuit from Iberville MSA East.

"I loved the program," Turcuit said. "I wish it were longer and we had more time to meet more people and learn more."

"I have been interested in physical therapy and the program

definitely explained more about what it was all about to me," Elliot added.

CLAHEC is a non-profit, community-based agency that serves as a training and information resource for health and education professionals for a 17-parish region.

A primary goal of CLAHEC is to identify local needs and develop programs that will encourage young people to consider a career in healthcare and to practice in rural and underserved communities where their services are urgently needed.

Nan Ewing, program coordinator, states that "the CI:Healthcare program is an excellent tool for students to enhance their understanding of many different healthcare fields, obtain knowledge and experience from seasoned professionals, and to learn about programs offered through Our Lady of the Lake College."