On Thursday, Oct. 23, Salt Lake Community College’s School of Health Sciences held an open house at the Jordan Campus to expose prospective high school students to the programs offered by the college.
The open house presented the nine programs with activity booths where students were provided hands-on participation opportunities in simulation labs that gave them a preview of what being in health sciences would be like.
“They learn skills here with teachers and students,” explained Danielle Marble, Academic and Career Advisor. “One question we ask students is what interests them and how much they can handle.”
Kasey Schuster, Biotechnology Outreach Coordinator, introduced the Biotechnology program to students by giving them DNA Extraction Kits to earn a T-shirt.
The booth included an activity that challenged a student’s skill by using a pipette, a tool used to measure and transfer fluids accurately, and obtaining the average in a percentage.
The closer the participating students could get to zero percent, the more likely they were to win a bar of chocolate.
The program also features a partnership between SLCC and Utah Valley University.
This is to help students take classes that are offered at UVU at the Jordan Campus, instead of having to travel over to the university.
A student could take courses at SLCC and UVU part time and still be a full time student.
Phyllis Seyler at the Career and Student Employment booth stressed the value of internships.
Students may secure employment that could lead to a 20-year career, and encouraged internships as an important route to future jobs.