Preparing students for STEM careers

MASON CITY, Iowa – Graduation is only a few weeks away and for many, that means to start thinking about their future career paths.

Today NIACC hosted an event for Mason City High School students who are starting to thinking about careers in the health-care industry.

The event’s purpose was to connect students with industry professionals so that they could learn more about what it will take to study in a specific field.

Laurie DeGroot was one of the instructors meeting with the students today to talk about nursing.

She says that events like this are helpful not only for the students to understand what they need to accomplish before heading into their classrooms, but for the instructors to get an idea of what kind of levels of knowledge they are dealing with.

“It’s good to get to the young high school students and let them know that they can start planning even now as they go into their junior year of high school,” DeGroot says, “plus, they can take a lot of college classes while they’re in high school.”

Students had the opportunity to learn about everything from nursing to medical assistant positions, as well as physical therapy and ems training.

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