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Langston, Quillen College teaming up to bring exposure, mentoring to high school students

Jonathan Roberts • Mar 7, 2020 at 8:00 AM

East Tennessee State University’s Quillen College of Medicine and the Langston Centre are teaming up to give high school students an opportunity to get hands-on experience learning a variety of medical skills such as taking blood, CPR and suturing.

“The Langston Centre needs to be a hub or resource to try to present programmatic opportunities to young people in this community,” said Langston Centre Director Adam Dickson. “It’s so important for people who have been historically disenfranchised to understand that now we have opportunities (for them) to advance and thrive.

“This is just one more chance to expose our young people to, in this case, medical careers,” Dickson said.

The free five-day camp will be offered students in grades nine through 12, where they will have an opportunity to practice their skills, develop new ones and gain access to the College of Medicine’s anatomy lab. It will also give students a chance to network and connect with local healthcare professionals for mentorship or job-shadow opportunities.

“Partnering with the community is really important to us, we feel like we’re a big part of the community here in Johnson City and the region as well,” said Tory Street, the assistant dean of admissions and records at the college of medicine.

Street said it’s important to have programs that expose students in the region to careers in medical fields to motivate them to give back to the community.

“I think (programs like this) are hugely important,” Street said. “It’s hard to see yourself doing something and get engaged in a potential future (career) if you’re not getting feedback on your options and what you could do.”

The program has been held since 2014, but this is the first held in conjunction with the Langston Centre. 

“We have a golden opportunity to seize the moment and really expose our young people to opportunities to be successful,” Dickson said. “We really young people in Johnson City to be exposed to these education options.

Applications will be accepted beginning March 17, and only 20 students will be accepted. For more information call the Langston Centre at (423) 434-5785. For information on last year’s program, visit www.etsu.edu/com/simlab/summer_camp.php.  

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