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Health Professions Showcase attendance increases

October 8, 2018

Chadron State College student Laura Larsen of Kearney, Neb., right, speaks to high school students attending CSC's Health Professions Showcase Oct. 3, 2018, in the Math and Science building. From left, Beth Bragg, Callie Shultz, Faith Brehmer and Grace Anderson of Gordon-Rushville High School and  Brooklyn Cattoor of Douglas, Wyo. (Photo by Tena L. Cook/Chadron State College)
Chadron State College student Laura Larsen of Kearney, Neb., right, speaks to high school students attending CSC's Health Professions Showcase Oct. 3, 2018, in the Math and Science building. From left, Beth Bragg, Callie Shultz, Faith Brehmer and Grace Anderson of Gordon-Rushville High School and Brooklyn Cattoor of Douglas, Wyo. (Photo by Tena L. Cook/Chadron State College)

CHADRON – Approximately 150 students from 25 high schools in three states attended Chadron State College’s Health Professions Showcase Oct. 3.

According to Kristal Kuhnel, director of the Health Professions program, the attendance for the event which started in the 1990s was up seven percent compared to last year. The Nebraska Panhandle Area Health Education Center in Scottsbluff provided hands-on experience for the students in dental care, taking blood pressure, checking hearing, using stethoscopes, making injections into oranges and suturing bananas.

Kuhnel said the time and work invested in the event is worthwhile.

“So many students, parents and counselors tell us how much they learned, how beautiful our campus is, and how impressed they are with our current Health Professions students. Anything we can do to get more people excited about a career in health care will benefit all of us in the future,” Kuhnel said.

Slade Swedlund, an Emergency Medical Technician teacher at Custer High School, said the students in his school came to him asking to attend CSC’S Health Professions Showcase.

“They really liked the hands-on experience like working with needles and the stethoscope. They really enjoyed the tour of the physiology lab. A couple of our students have shown a lot of interest in possibly attending CSC for health professions,” Swedlund said.

Professional schools in attendance were the University of Nebraska Medical Center-Allied Health, South Dakota State University-College of Nursing, UNMC Dental Hygiene, and Cleveland Chiropractic College.

—Tena L. Cook, Marketing Coordinator

Chadron State College student Tucker Vahle of Grand Island, Neb., right, shows Roberto Martinez of Gering Neb., the muscles on a model of a human arm during CSC's Health Professions Showcase Oct. 3, 2018, in the Student Center. (Photo by Tena L. Cook/Chadron State College)
Chadron State College student Tucker Vahle of Grand Island, Neb., right, shows Roberto Martinez of Gering Neb., the muscles on a model of a human arm during CSC's Health Professions Showcase Oct. 3, 2018, in the Student Center. (Photo by Tena L. Cook/Chadron State College)