Black Hills teens encouraged to pursue health profession with hands-on camp

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WDT Scrubs Camp provides hand-on healthcare education to Black Hills  high school students during Scrubs Camp. Nov. 14, 2017 WDT Scrubs Camp provides hand-on healthcare education to Black Hills high school students during Scrubs Camp. Nov. 14, 2017
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RAPID CITY, S.D. -

For over 5 years, Western Dakota Technical Institute has provided hands-on activities for high school students to explore healthcare career options during their annual Scrubs Camp.

With a critical need for healthcare providers, the Scrub Camp is designed to encourage the next generation to pursue a career in health care.

More than 80 students from around the Black Hills spent Tuesday drawing blood, tying tourniquets, and setting up IVs. They also learned other heath information related to dental and medical assisting, nursing and other related careers.

"These students were very engaged today,” said Janelle Galpin, a WDT admissions counselor. “I didn't see one person sitting out of an activity and they were very brave, and volunteering to do these things."

Senior Daniel Winsand, from Bennet County High School, said the experience opened his eyes into what the healthcare field really contains.

"It's a lot of fun,” said Winsand. “Getting a lot of experience with a lot of different fields, working in the medical field, like drawing blood and seeing what samples work with what and if there is positive bacteria. It's really cool. It's a lot of fun to get hands-on experience."

The next Scrubs Camp is planned for April and early registration is recommended. Sign up here.

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