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Non-Traditional Careers Day

Nasser Yazdani teaching middle schoolers public health concepts

Local middle school students were given a glimpse into the health care field on Friday, Nov. 8 for SHP’s Non-Traditional Career Day. Faculty and students shared presentations on Occupational Therapy; Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences; Public Health; and Nuclear Medicine. The presentations highlighted the extensive career options the health care field has to offer. 

“We want to introduce these middle school students to fields they may not have been introduced to before,” said SHP Student Ambassador Virginia Kruse. 

Students participated in hands-on activities that illustrated what a career in the health field may entail. Gwen Nolan, a professor in the Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences department, taught students about phonetics with an interactive game. 

The middle school students also played a game called “Who Cares For Me.” Wendy Cortes, another SHP student ambassador, said, “It educates the students on the different professions that SHP has to offer.” 

Dr. Nasser Yazdani stopped by to talk about the importance of public health. He explained that public health had a focus on preventing certain things before they could harm the community. The presentation was followed by a quick game of “Public Health Headbands” that let the students learn about different careers in the Public Health field by acting out cues from a card. 

“Nuclear Medicine looks at what’s actually happening inside your body,” said Professor Jamie Gladson as she holds a Gieger counter in hand. Professor Gladson’s presentation had the students radiating excitement as she discussed the various applications and processes used in Nuclear Medicine. She used her Gieger counter to teach the kids about background radiation as well as how some objects have higher radiation levels. 

“Uranium-236 was used to make the orange glaze on Fiestaware,” Gladson explained. 

Non-Traditional Careers Day provided students the opportunity to engage with the healthcare system in a more direct, hands-on way. The students were still asking questions as they walked through the doors to leave.