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For Immediate Release: Oct. 17, 2008
Contact: Mary Stadick Smith - (605) 773-7228

Students explore health careers at “Scrubs Camps”

According to the South Dakota Department of Labor, more than 11,000 additional healthcare workers will be needed in the state between the years 2006 and 2016.

To help meet that demand, the South Dakota Department of Education is hosting a series of “Scrubs Camps” across the state. The day-long events are designed to introduce high school students to careers in the health care field. Students will hear from a variety of health care professionals, who will discuss their work as well as the educational paths that got them to where they are today. Students will be exposed to hands-on activities, ranging from taking the vital signs on life-like mannequins to experimenting with a cauterizing tool used in surgery.

The camps provide a free opportunity for students to gain experience in a wide variety of health careers.

Camps are scheduled in the following locations:

--October 29 – Southeast Technical Institute, Sioux Falls

--October 29 – Lake Area Technical Institute, Watertown

--November 10 – Dakota State University, Madison

--November 11 – University of South Dakota, Vermillion

--November 12 – Ramkota RiverCentre, Pierre

--November 19 – Mitchell Technical Institute, Mitchell

--November 20 – Western Dakota Technical Institute, Rapid City

--November 22 – Black Hills State University, Spearfish


For more information or to register for a camp, visit the link below and click on “Scrubs Camps” under "Recent Additions."