Health Care Careers Academy 2020

by Karen Jenkins July 6, 2020

Now in its third and final session, the Health Care Careers Academy (HCCA) at PA College is a program designed to provide a pipeline to healthcare careers through education, mentorship and hands-on experiences.

Generously funded by a BB&T Economic Growth Fund grant from the Lancaster County Community Foundation, the HCCA welcomes high school students from Eastern Lancaster County School District, Manheim Central School District and the School District of Lancaster and is offered in partnership with Lancaster County STEM Alliance, HACC – Lancaster Campus, and Lancaster-Lebanon IU13.

It’s no surprise that the HCCA’s two weeks in June had to operate a little differently this year.  In response to the coronavirus pandemic, and the temporary closure of our campus, HCCA instructors, like our entire campus community, moved the academic experience online. Yet, thanks to Zoom, instructors created the next-best-thing to an in-personal program, using video and a variety of guest speakers and activities to engage students.

Among this year’s presenters were two PA College alumna.  Jessica Beaty ’11, a graduate of our ASN nursing program and a current adjunct instructor at PA College presented “Nursing in a Time of Pandemic,” while brand-new graduate from our Surgical Technology program, Alexis Rogers ’20, lead the session, “Suture Skills.”  HCCA session topics also included: “A Public Health Approach to the Overdose Epidemic,” “Understanding the Basics of Dementia,” “Respiratory Therapy,” and “Anatomy of the Brain.”