Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Duneland Economic Development
Company (DEDC), hosted it first annual Healthcare 360 program on Oct. 18, at
Chesterton High School.
The event offered
72 junior and senior CHS students an opportunity to learn about local job
opportunities in the healthcare industry. This program was modeled after a
multi-year successful program through the Portage Economic Development
Corporation currently taking place in the Portage high school system.
“Most of us
immediately think of careers as doctors and nurses, but healthcare
facilities are filled with careers, some of which do not need a four year
degree,” Chamber President Maura Durham said.
high-tech world there are many institutions in the healthcare industry that
are advanced, clean, well-paying, and in need of staffing. “This was a
wonderful experience for our students,” said CHS school counselor James
Moore. “I feel they discovered lots more career options for them in
healthcare. All available to them locally.”
The students were
able to get a feel for 15-20 different healthcare career paths, in visits to
Porter Regional Hospital, the Franciscan Alliance ER department in
Chesterton, and Ivy Tech Community College, where the students were shown
advanced equipment and paths to a healthcare career. Students learned about
careers in biomedical science, emergency medical services, food service,
diagnostic imaging, physical therapy, surgical technology, and many more.
Brooke Nack with
Franciscan Alliance said, “Participating in Healthcare 360 was a delight.
Witnessing the CHS students light up after removing a suture from an orange
or watching ultrasound in action fueled our passion for our daily
professions. It is my great hope that this event is the beginning to a
rewarding healthcare career for these bright individuals.”
Sandy Oliver with
Porter Regional Hospital added, “Our team at Porter Regional Hospital is
honored to be a partner in this effort to introduce our Chesterton students
to the many healthcare careers available. We believe healthcare is a stable
field that can provide students the opportunity to create a very satisfying
quality of life so they can stay right here in our community after
graduation. Additionally, through this program the students and parents are
exposed to the opportunities to obtain the education required locally in the
colleges and universities in our surrounding communities at a reasonable
cost. We hope the Healthcare 360 program provides benefits for our
healthcare community for many years to come.”