Riverland Holds Scrub Camp

Created: 05/22/2014 6:31 PM
By: Dan Conradt

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- They're expected to be some of the most in-demand careers, well into the future.

And today, they were in the spotlight at Riverland community college in Austin.

"We're doing a scrubs camp," Wanda Staska explained.

“A chance to bring folks in to the college and showcase different healthcare fields," Jane McKinley added.

“We have things going on with nursing, radiography, nursing assistant, medical assistant, EMT," said Wanda Staska, EMS program manager at Rivrland.  "People can come in and learn a little bit about the careers, what it's like in a day, do a little bit of hands on activities to see if these are careers they'd like to go into."

“Get a better idea of what's out there and available to them and how they can start the college process," added Jane McKinley, Riverland’s nursing sim lab coordinator5.

The camp was open to anyone over the age of 18, with preference given to those who were unemployed or underemployed.

"I want to further my career for my family," Jessica Meade told us. Her son is about to turn two months old.  "I'm just looking for something better to give him what he deserves."

“My field is accounting, and i moved here from Chicago and since last October I haven't found any jobs in my area," Rosemary Torgerson said. She was at scrubs camp, considering a career change: “I'm thinking something in medical billing or something in that field."

"I want them to know what kind of opportunities there are for them out there," EMS program manager Wanda Staska said.

And the opportunities are good:

"They're always going to need somebody in the medical field no matter what" camp participant Rosemary Torgerson said.

"In nursing, it's still fantastic," Jane McKinkey said.

"For EMTs and paramedics, yes, there are jobs out there," Wanda Staska added.

“I want them leaving here with the idea that they can do this," Jane McKinley told us.

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