Tilghman students explore healthcare careers at Baptist Health Paducah
Paducah Public Schools assistant superintendent Will Black said the partnership represents the school’s effort to expand education beyond the school’s walls and connect students with local professionals.
“High school students excelling in science are often encouraged to consider careers in healthcare, but they may not realize the full scope of what’s involved and what’s available before they pursue their college studies,” Black said. “This opportunity allows them to see not only working doctors and nurses, but also technologists, therapists, pharmacists – the full range involving technology, direct patient care and support services.”
The class provides an overview of health care careers and basic anatomy and physiology with classroom, laboratory and clinical experience. Hospital professionals provide guest lectures and demonstrations. Students may earn certification, a pre-requisite for many college allied health classes and/or basic preparation for a hospital job after high school for full- or part-time work during college.
Junior Anntoinette McCallum, 16, signed up to determine if she wants to pursue a nursing career. “People always need someone to take care of them and help them, and I like helping people,” she said. “This will give me hands-on experience to see if I like it or not. It’s good because it’s free, and I don’t have to spend money in college to find out.”