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Employment Services of Weld County

Weld County Health Camp

Community Challenge/Problem

Not all young adults are fortunate enough to know exactly what they want to do with the rest of their lives. Out-of-school youth are not exposed to career pathways, especially when compared to their peers in school who often have numerous opportunities.

Board Solution/Innovation

Employment Services of Weld County (ESWC), along with Aims Community College, organized a three day, hands-on Health Care Career Pathways exploration camp for out-of-school youth. This opportunity gives young adults a tour of Aims and the ability to participate in four classes designed especially for ESWC participants. These included Surgical Technician, Nursing (CNA, LPN, RN), Radiology Technician, and Fire Science. It was also deemed important to expose the young adults to mental health professions, so the organizers scheduled a tour of Weld County's new crisis center and gave participants the opportunity to complete a course to receive the Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) certificate.

Outcomes & Results

The 16 participating young adults learned how to suture with two different techniques, using chicken breasts for practice! They also learned to operate an x-ray machine, practicing on personal belongings; they were also taught how to hold a fire hose and fully suit up as a fire fighter. Campers sat in on lectures from college instructors, and most importantly they were connected to a post-secondary institution that partners closely with ESWC to make their transition from HSE/GED obtainment into community college not as overwhelming. Many of the young adults walked away from the experience motivated and encouraged to further their education and start a career in the health care sector.

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