February 2011 Review – From Camp to Career – How Health Care Summer Camps Changed Their Futures
February 1, 2011
For the last six years, VHHA has co-sponsored Health Career Camps with member hospitals as a way to “reach down the pipeline” for the future health care workforce. The camp experience introduces middle school students to the various professions and informs them of the necessary educational requirements for each field. As almost all health careers require college education, and placement is very competitive, the camp leaders encourage students to enter high school ready to take the additional math, science and language classes required for college admission. With the help of a few camp directors, VHHA interviewed several former campers who are currently enrolled in college and planning to enter the health care field. The students were asked if the camp had influenced their educational and career decisions. While each student has taken a different course each found their time in camp instrumental to their decision.