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Pathway Night showcases SHCSC technology

Pathway Night showcases SHCSC technology
Pathway Night showcases SHCSC technology
Students Addison Applegate, left, and CaSandra Leggett demonstrate CPR for career Pathway Night last Wednesday at Corydon Central High School. Photo by Kristen Cervenak
By Kristen Cervenak, Editor, [email protected]

Corydon Central High School brought in more than 140 attendees for its Career Pathway night, featuring live demonstrations by students in both the health science and agriculture pathways.

The event took place last Wednesday evening at the high school, where students and parents first learned more about pathways and upcoming changes in graduation requirements in the auditorium.

With 16 career clusters identified by the U.S. Dept. of Education, the South Harrison Community School Corp. currently provides eight of the career clusters with 12 career pathways for students to pursue. The newest addition is exercise science.

“Pathways” are career paths selected by students while in high school. A student may change their pathway throughout the course of their education and also meet with a counselor each year to review pathways during a one-on-one meeting. Each pathway consists of three courses referred to as Next Level Program of Study, according to the presentation given by school counselors.

The presentation also visited dual-credit courses between school districts and higher education institutions, which allow students an early start toward their career and can be transferred to other Indiana public schools and university partners such as Ivy Tech Community College, Indiana University – Bloomington and Indiana University Southeast in New Albany.

South Harrison Community School Corp. offers 12 NLPS, including agri-science, business administration, marketing (South Central), construction trades (South Central), education professions, engineering, civic arts for music and visual arts and four health sciences (certified clinical medical assistant, pre-nursing-certified nursing aide, pharmacy tech and the brand new path of exercise science).

From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. last Wednesday, attendants could tour a variety of pathway booths and partake of free popcorn and water while exploring pathways. Student guides were also available to show guests to classrooms to learn more about two individual programs, agriculture and health science.

Students from the agriculture pathway displayed their grown crops, including a poinsettia. The demonstration also showcased a milking simulator, which was a hit among the eighth-grade students who visited earlier in the day. The bowl to collect the water — used to simulate milk — had to be cleaned out three times due to the amount of usage.

Attendees could additionally visit and learn about the health science pathway.

“In both rooms, the students are demonstrating skills that they have been practicing all year,” health science instructor Katie Broom said. “This is the first time we’ve done this, and it is really fun.”

In one room, students shared their skills in various medical training such as phlebotomy and CPR, including the difference in CPR for adults versus infants. The other room contained mannequins in hospital beds. Mannequins are used by students to practice giving medication, injections, sterile procedures, bathing, etc.

People could also learn about mixing food for hospital patients and the different variations for what the patient would require.

Students presented demonstrations every 15 minutes between 6:45 and 7:15 p.m. in a new health science lab developed with the assistance of a grant given to the school corporation by the Harrison County Community Foundation.

The next SHCSC Pathway Night will take place at South Central Junior-Senior High School this evening (Wednesday) from 6 to 7:30.