Milton Hershey School Summer Camp

by PA College July 25, 2018

During the week of July 30, a group of Milton Hershey School high school students will gain hands-on learning experience in the health care field through a special summer camp hosted by the Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences.

“The Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences shares a commitment with MHS in providing young people exposure to a variety of health care careers,” said MHS Career and Technical Education Director Dave Curry. “Through this opportunity, these students can determine what interests them most about the health care industry and fits their specific strengths and skill sets. It will help them envision their future so our staff can work with them to outline the steps they will need to take to achieve their career goals.”

MHS students selected to participate in the camp include rising sophomores and juniors in the Health Science career pathway through the school’s award-winning Career and Technical Education (CTE) program. During the week-long camp, students will establish a better understanding of what health care careers exist and what to expect at the college level.

“Our educational partnership with Milton Hershey School allows us to provide educational experiences for their students, in a fun and engaging format, that will ultimately expand their interest in the fields of math, science, and specifically health care,” said Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences Executive Director for Education Innovation and Strategic Partnerships Erika Wilkinson, EdD. “I am most excited about presenting opportunities for their future they may have never considered for themselves!”

Camp curriculum will feature a combination of hands-on learning in the College’s state-of-the-art hospital simulation labs and classrooms, as well as lectures and tours that illustrate how technology is used in modern medical practices. Students will learn about common illnesses and their treatment, organ donation and transplants, cardiovascular health and surgery, sutures, orthopedics, first aid and CPR techniques, IV solutions, and more from professionals in the field.

On Friday, Aug. 3, a closing ceremony will be held at the College to recognize students’ successful completion of the camp. The ceremony will feature an MHS graduate currently in the health care field as a guest speaker.

The two schools plan to continue their relationship. During the 2018-19 school year, MHS students in the Health Science career pathway will be able to complete college-level coursework by attending classes on the Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences campus. Following graduation, students will be able to transfer these college credits to a postsecondary institution.


For more information, contact:
Keri Straub, Senior Media Relations Manager for Milton Hershey School ( | 717-520-2212)
Stephanie Ellis, Director of Campus Life & Community Relations for Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences ( | 717-947-6066)