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2013-03-14 / Front Page

Health & Science

Genesys, Chamber partner for Career Day in
BY PAULA BARBEE
810-452-2647 • pbarbee@mihomepaper.com


Megan VanLuven checks out a sample in the microscope at the Genesys Regional Medical Center during a recent Career Day coordinated with the Genesee Regional Chamber of Commerce. 
Photos by Paula Barbee Megan VanLuven checks out a sample in the microscope at the Genesys Regional Medical Center during a recent Career Day coordinated with the Genesee Regional Chamber of Commerce. Photos by Paula Barbee GRAND BLANC TWP. — Seniors from Grand Blanc and other area high schools spent the day at Genesys last week learning about health-science occupations, which they have already decided to pursue or related to their intended goals.

“It was great getting to know about pharmacy in a clinical setting,” stated Grand Blanc senior Raghad Dawood. “I learned that with passion and desire you’ll be able to do anything.”

Dawood and her fellow students are typically enrolled in a Medical Occupations class in school, and students like her were the focus of the Genesee Regional Chamber of Commerce (GRCC) when partnering with Genesys to offer them this opportunity.


From left: Megan VanLuven, Sierra Wiederman, Paige Williams and Taner Fulbright listen to information on a laboratory technician career at the Genesys Regional Medical Center during a recent Career Day coordinated with the Genesee Regional Chamber of Commerce. From left: Megan VanLuven, Sierra Wiederman, Paige Williams and Taner Fulbright listen to information on a laboratory technician career at the Genesys Regional Medical Center during a recent Career Day coordinated with the Genesee Regional Chamber of Commerce. “I loved the chemistry behind (pharmacy),” Dawood added. “I love helping people out and helping them get better is what I want to do.”

GRCC Communications Manager, Regina Strong said the career fair was something they have been talking about for some time and the chamber is thrilled to be able to promote health careers as healthcare is a large part of the Genesee County economy.

“It’s an exciting opportunity for students,” Strong said. “The goal was to give them an opportunity to explore life after high school.”

She also said a second career fair is planned for Oct. 20 as there was so much interest, they had to schedule it twice. Students were led through the areas of pharmacy, laboratory, physical/ occupational therapy, nursing and lean performance.


A laboratory technician explains the funny side of labwork, showing students unusually shaped lab specimens. A laboratory technician explains the funny side of labwork, showing students unusually shaped lab specimens. Employees in each area spoke with the students and talked about their day to day routine, as well as giving them information on what schooling is needed for their positions and the range of salary they can expect.

Students had the opportunity to see live laboratory work and did hands on physical therapy exercises, and were introduced to some of the challenges they may face in working in a medical field.

“I feel like I’m a detective,” Suzanne Tomczyk explained to the visitors. She works in the laboratory and explained how sometimes they have to process a sample until it comes down to just the answer they are looking for.


Haley Gethicker balances carefully as physical therapist Deanna Troszak explains some core strengthening exercises at the Genesys Regional Medical Center during a recent Career Day coordinated with the Genesee Regional Chamber of Commerce. Haley Gethicker balances carefully as physical therapist Deanna Troszak explains some core strengthening exercises at the Genesys Regional Medical Center during a recent Career Day coordinated with the Genesee Regional Chamber of Commerce. Some laboratory areas were very hands on, while other areas required a lot of machine processing.

In the rehabilitation area, students practiced getting in and out of the bathtub without using one limb, and practiced moves on the exercise ball as they were taught the differences between physical and occupational therapy.

Deanna Troszak, a physical therapist, explained that the goal of therapy is to get the patient to move normally and achieve their functional goals. She also said students have a wide range of settings they can work in — from the inpatient hospital setting to perhaps even a middle or high school.

Madolyn Kipp, also from GBHS, said she was interested in pediatric nursing.

“It was really good getting to see what people do on a daily basis — like first-hand experience,” she said. “It was a nice overview to see how the careers connect.”

Students spent a full day at Genesys rotating through four clinical areas and one non-clinical area with a goal to help them in their decision-making process when it comes to a career in the health care field.

“Career exploration is an important aspect of life after high school,” said Rhetta Hunyady, vice president of education and training for the Genesee Regional Chamber of Commerce. “Through a variety of programs, the Regional Chamber works to expose teens to training and opportunities that will prepare them for a successful future.

“The students selected to participate in the Genesys Career Day were chosen based on their interest in pursuing a health care career,” she adds. “ We truly appreciate the opportunity to work with Genesys on this important project.”

Participating schools were Bendle, Bentley, Clio, Davison, Fenton, Grand Blanc, Linden, Southwestern Academy and Swartz Creek.

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