High school students get hands-on experience at VC’s Public Service and Healthcare Academy

Nursing 1 Calhoun High School student Catherine Torres checks the pupils of one of Victoria College’s state-of-the-art mannequins during the Public Service & Healthcare Academy at VC on Feb. 22.

Victoria College hosted 134 high school students from throughout the Crossroads region on Feb. 22 for the Public Service & Healthcare Academy at VC’s Health Sciences Center and Allied Health Building.

Students from Calhoun, Cuero, Hallettsville, Yorktown, Faith Academy and Victoria’s East, West and St. Joseph high schools participated in hands-on activities and received information on Victoria College’s public service and healthcare programs and courses.

“This is my second year to come here for this, and I love it,” said Breanna McGrew, a junior at Calhoun High School. “I’m coming to Victoria College to get my basics done and then go on to Texas A&M. I want to become an ER/trauma Life Flight nurse.”

“I’m leaning more toward a marketing career, but what I saw here may steer me into the medical field,” said Megan Foreman, a senior at Cuero High School who plans to attend Victoria College next fall. “All the mannequins and how they work with them was cool.”

Attendees received training in handcuffing and self-defense from VC’s Law Enforcement Academy and also saw much of Victoria College’s state-of-the-art healthcare technology put into action.

“I learned there is a lot more technology and lot more fields offered,” said Mitul Agarwal, a junior at St. Joseph High School, who plans to study biotechnology. “I did not know VC offered this many health science careers. I plan on coming here and taking some classes in the summer.”

“I really liked being put in real-life situations, like where we got to intubate people,” said Blake Kilimitchek, a senior at Hallettsville High School who wants to study surgical medicine. “It looks like they have really nice healthcare programs here. I will definitely consider coming here.”