The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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December 13, 2012

Area students get a taste of medical occupations

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The students learned that if a broken bone is protruding, they should stabilize the limb and avoid putting pressure on the affected area, said Tracy Ogilvie, emergency medical technician. Ogilvie demonstrated that taping a pillow around the limb, leaving the injury exposed, is a great makeshift way to stabilize the wound.

Head-start for students

Bell said the first year of the medical science academy is “exploratory” for students, to identify specific areas of interest. Her students get a feel for a variety of health-care careers.

“It’s a great introduction for them on how the human body works,” she said.

Their senior year they can then choose a focus of sports medicine, nursing assistant or pharmacy technician.

The goal, she said, is to have students take certification tests at the end of high school so they can go onto college or careers as certified personal trainers, pharmacy technicians or nursing assistants, she said.

In its third year, Bell said her first group of medical science academy students have graduated, and she’s heard from some who have gone onto pursue medical-related degrees in college. Inspiring students to pursue careers in health care is a great feeling, she said.

“That’s the best part,” said Bell, who has a background in sports medicine.

Warren has been busy getting the newest academy, engineering, off the ground this fall. The courses being offered are from Project Lead the Way, which is science, technology, engineering and math curriculum for middle and high school students.

Engineering curriculum begins in eighth grade, Warren said, and academy classes are open to freshmen. Courses include principles of engineering and engineering design and development, among others.

Students recently, for example, were working on designing a little truss, which will be tested for how much load it will hold and at what point it breaks.

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