Duneland Chamber offers 360 view of healthcare options to CHS students

Written by Chronicle Staff. Posted in Community News & People in the News

Published on November 13, 2019 with No Comments

Chesterton High School students pose for a photo at Ivy Tech Community College as part the Duneland Chamber of Commerce’s Healthcare 360 program.

The Duneland Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Duneland Economic Development Company (DEDC) hosted its first annual Healthcare 360 program Friday, Oct. 18, with Chesterton High School. The event offered 72 junior and senior Chesterton High School students an opportunity to learn about local job opportunities in the healthcare industry. This program was modeled after a multi-year successful program through the Portage Economic Development Corporation currently taking place in the Portage high school system.

“Most of us immediately think of careers as doctors and nurses, but healthcare facilities are filled with careers, some in which do not need a four year degree,” said Maura Durham, president of the Duneland Chamber of Commerce.

In today’s high-tech world there are many institutions in the healthcare industry that are advanced, clean, well-paying, and in need of staffing. “This was a wonderful experience for our students! I feel they discovered lots more career options for them in healthcare. All available to them locally,” said James Moore, CHS school counselor.

Students were able to get a feel for 15-20 different healthcare career paths. They visited Porter Regional Hospital, Franciscan Emergency Center in Chesterton and ended at Ivy Tech Community College, where students were shown the advanced equipment and path to a healthcare career.  Students learned about careers in biomedical science, emergency medical services, food service, diagnostic imaging, physical therapy, and surgical technology.

Brooke Nack with Franciscan Alliance said, “Participating in Healthcare 360 was a delight! Witnessing the CHS students light up after removing a suture from an orange or watching ultrasound in action fueled our passion for our daily professions. It is my great hope that this event is the beginning to a rewarding healthcare career for these bright individuals.”

Sandy Oliver with Porter Regional Hospital stated, “Our team at Porter Regional Hospital is honored to be a partner in this effort to introduce our Chesterton students to the many healthcare careers available.  We believe healthcare is a stable field that can provide students the opportunity to create a very satisfying quality of life so they can stay right here in our community after graduation.

“Additionally, through this program the students and parents are exposed to the opportunities to obtain the education required locally in the colleges and universities in our surrounding communities at a reasonable cost.  We hope the Healthcare 360 program provides benefits for our healthcare community for many years to come.”

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