A group of PWPSD high school students joined students from the two other local districts for a full-day 'Tour the Trades' event focused on the health service industry on Wednesday, April 10, 2019. Trades featured on the tour are in high demand and provide opportunities for students to talk with tradespeople on the job and learn about the trades and the steps required for certification. During the morning, the group learned about emergency response career opportunities with visits to the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Station and the STARS Air Ambulance facility in Grande Prairie. Over lunch, Nurse Wendy McMillan delivered a talk on careers in nursing. In the afternoon, the group traveled to FYI Doctors to learn about optical and optometry careers, followed by a visit with the pharmacy team at the Northgate Safeway Pharmacy. Through a partnership between CAREERS: The Next Generation and school-based off-campus coordinators, students can complete a three-day job shadowing experience at one of the industry partners during the summer months.
Pictured left to right: Alysha Potratz, Grade 10, Savanna School; Brianna Sandboe, Grade 11, Sexsmith Secondary School; Blake Thieman, Grade 10, Peace Wapiti Academy; Madison Bulford, Grade 10, Peace Wapiti Academy; Hailey Marth, Grade 12, Beaverlodge Regional High School; and Reegan Fobes, Grade 10, Ridgevalley School.
Pictured above: At the STARS Air Ambulance facility, students heard from Russel Bardak, Flight Paramedic (left) and Carol Anne Doll, Clinical Operations (right). Russel shared that STARS is a not-for-profit charity in Alberta that receives 75 per cent of its funding from donors.
Pictured right: At the Grande Prairie Emergency Medical Services Station, Manpreet Uppal introduced students to the “Sim Bus” that included a simulated patient, Frank, a mannequin who can talk, swallow, has a pulse, and can simulate real life medical issues such as a heart attack or allergic reaction.
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