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Nearly 300 Lakeside Middle School AVID and Career Investigation students spent their Friday at a healthcare conference without leaving their school. Made up of mostly eighth graders, students choose the healthcare professional they wanted to learn more from based on a flip grid video the professionals made earlier in the school year.
"It all started with this idea of having several healthcare professionals to come to our schools and talk to our students, particularly speech pathologists because of the high demand of professionals" said Cathy Hull, teacher for Career Investigations. "But I wasn't sure how I was going to do that until I talked to Cortney Clover, the executive director for Special Populations. She said to use her staff members who are trained healthcare professionals who are highly-skilled and licensed occupational therapists, speech pathologists, visual specialists, and school psychologists. We used five from our District staff to be a part of our healthcare conference."
The purpose behind the conference is to expose students to a variety of healthcare career fields to collect information that will help them decide a career pathway before going to high school. "This conference has been great. I know the students were excited to hear from these professionals because it breaks the classroom routine and they learn something new from someone who is in the field," said Hull.
Students learned how the different careers in speech pathology, occupational therapy, and psychology can help people communicate better, diagnose and treat conditions and disorders, and how these careers can make a direct impact on improving a student's education inside public schools.
Hull said although the conference was on a small scale, she hopes to expand this into a bigger career fair where professionals from each career cluster can talk to students about the different careers choices.