High schoolers to discover realities of EMS careers

 In a day that promises to enlighten, educate, and challenge, approximately 60 high school students will experience a day of immersion in various aspects of emergency medical services at the Community College of Aurora on Tuesday, July 12. The students are participants in the statewide Colorado Area Health Education Centers program and are exploring careers in the medical profession. They are traveling to CCA from rural areas around the state to get a taste of what it’s like to be a first responder - a professional who responds to an emergency in the wake of an accident or illness. The program will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the College’s Center for Simulation, Lowry Campus, 9235 E. 10th Drive, Denver, CO 80230.

The students were chosen to participate from a larger pool of applicants to the selective program. They will tour the college’s Center for Simulation, learn to splint and bandage, perform CPR on high-tech mannequins, practice taking vital health readings, and act out real-life scenarios while serving in the roles of firefighter, police officer, and emergency medical technician.

The students’ day will end with a Skills Rodeo to put their newly acquired abilities to the test.

CCA is a regular host for teen participants in the AHEC program. The program is sponsored by the Colorado Area Health Education Center at the University of Colorado Denver Health Sciences Center. The mission of the Colorado AHEC System is to improve the quality and accessibility of education for health care professionals in Colorado to enhance the delivery of health care services throughout the state, with special emphasis on frontier, rural, and urban communities and minority populations.


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