Ted Porter, instructor of Respiratory Care at GNTC (left) conducts a demonstration with a pig’s lung attached to a ventilator during a Healthcare Career Camp at GNTC. Participating students are (from right to left) Macie Smith of Armuchee High School, Haley Ray of Coosa High School, and Taylor Slade of Armuchee High School.
Ted Porter, instructor of Respiratory Care at GNTC (left) conducts a demonstration with a pig’s lung attached to a ventilator during a Healthcare Career Camp at GNTC. Participating students are (from right to left) Macie Smith of Armuchee High School, Haley Ray of Coosa High School, and Taylor Slade of Armuchee High School.

(Rome, Georgia) – Approximately 80 Floyd County High school students took part in a Healthcare Career Camp held May 9-16 on the campuses of Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) and the Floyd County Schools College and Career Academy.

The camp was part of collaboration between Blue Ridge Area Health Education Center (AHEC), the Floyd County Schools College and Career Academy, and GNTC. It was intended to make students aware of the many career choices available in the healthcare industry. The camp consisted of various real-world activities led by GNTC instructors and other healthcare professionals.

“This is a great way to show high school students the future of medical occupations and what jobs are out there now,” said Ted Porter, instructor of Respiratory Care at GNTC.

Students were chosen to participate in the camp by their teachers at the College and Career Academy. They were selected based on essays they wrote about pursuing a career path in healthcare.

“The students have thoroughly loved the hands-on activities and networking opportunities,” said Barbra Naymick, Health Careers Coordinator for Blue Ridge AHEC. “So now they can take what they are learning in the classroom – the bookwork – and get to actually work with some of the advanced technologies.”

Healthcare occupation areas that students received practical experience in were: Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Echocardiography, Vascular Technology, Radiologic Technology, Respiratory Care, and Emergency Services.

Students also were provided with information about financial aid, the HOPE Scholarship, and the First Year Matters program at GNTC.

Blue Ridge AHEC is a non-profit regional health education center, based in Rome. The mission of Blue Ridge Area Health Education Center (AHEC) is to increase the supply, distribution, and education of health professionals in Northwest Georgia.

Georgia Northwestern Technical College serves Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Murray, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties in Georgia with campuses located in Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties. Approximately 16,000 people benefit from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs, making it the largest college in Northwest Georgia and the fifth largest technical college in Georgia.