Giving youngsters a glimpse into the world of medicine and health care is always exciting for our students and faculty. On Saturday October 25, 120 members of the Girl Scouts—Arizona Cactus-Pine Council (GSACPC) came to the Carrington College Mesa campus for a hands-on educational event – “A Medical Mystery Tour” – and what a fabulous day it was for the Scouts and our students.
The Girl Scouts toured the campus and participated in a number of hands-on activities, giving them an early look into the world of health care. Carrington students helped the scouts with lab demonstrations, and they enjoyed fun ways to explore different topics using games like charades, word scrambles and crossword puzzles.
Alyssa Abraham, Community Outreach Representative in Mesa, coordinated the event for the campus:
“Our students were really excited to have the opportunity to work with the Girl Scouts, sharing their knowledge and perhaps having a positive influence on a young person’s future health care career. The event also gave our students the opportunity to demonstrate some of the skills they have learned in class and labs.”
The girls were given an introduction to a variety of health care careers including dental assisting and dental hygiene, pharmacy technology, medical assisting, veterinary assisting, physical therapy assisting and more. Staff and faculty outlined the education requirements needed, and the characteristics that good health care professionals typically have.
Cristi Pontius, the Program Logistics Coordinator for the GSACPC, believes that days like these are a truly valuable experience for the girls:
“A core focus of Girl Scouts is STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), and partnering with Carrington College is an excellent way to teach girls about career opportunities that exist within STEM fields. Both organizations provide fun, hands-on experiences that translate into real world success!”
After enjoying the Medical Mystery Tour program, the Girl Scouts are tasked with sharing the things they’ve learned with younger Girl Scouts and the community. Cristi Pontius believes they got a lot out of the day:
“I think they left feeling energized and excited about their future prospects in the medical field. The girls also learned a few things that they can take away to do outside the event – how to wrap a wrist properly, how to stretch properly, effective ways to clean your teeth, etc.
This is the third event I’ve coordinated with Carrington, and time after time the girls leave having loved Dental Hygiene and Veterinary Assisting. Both programs offer really great hands on activities that the girls love.
Of course we have young ladies that already know they have an interest in a certain medical field, but I did have a young lady tell me she was interested in the Physical Therapist Assistant program. I also received a few remarks about how interesting and fun Dental Hygiene seems.”
Every Girl Scout that attended the event earned a patch for their participation and left the campus with a Carrington College gift bag, and hopefully some ideas for a future career.