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NESC earns top scrub camp honor

By   Erin Wood

The Northeast Education Services Cooperative was awarded R-COOL Health Scrubs Camp of the Year earlier this summer at a reception in Mandan.

This award is presented to the grantee that hosted the Scrubs Camp deemed as the top camp of the year. Top camp is based on the overall combination of a number of factors including professions students are exposed, innovative and interactive activities, collaboration of community partners and local health care professionals, and organization of the camp and grant process.

Northeast Education Services Cooperative hosted a Scrubs Camp this year with a record 263 5th grade students from 10 local school districts attending. Even with a large number of students, the camp ran seamlessly. Students discovered several health care professions through hands-on activities including injecting oranges, dressing wounds, filling prescriptions, and exercising with a physical therapist.

This is the fourth consecutive Scrubs Camp that NESC has hosted, including a year where they held a camp without funding from the R-COOL-Health Program. At the award ceremony it was noted that NESC is a champion for educating and encouraging North Dakota youth to pursue health careers. Their collaborative spirit and hard work has allowed for students from Devils Lake and surrounding communities to consider health careers at a younger age, which research shows increases their likelihood of choosing a health care path. Northeast Education Services Cooperative is a shining example of how rural North Dakota can grow our own health professionals to allow for sustainable health care systems for years to come.

Member schools in the NESC include Dakota Prairie, Devils Lake, Edmore, Four Winds, Lakota, Langdon, Leeds, Maddock, Minnewaukan, Munich, North Star, Oberon, Rolette, St. Joseph’s Elementary, Starkweather, Tate Topa Tribal School, Warwick, and Wolford. Lake Region Special Education and Lake Region State College are cooperating members. Cankdeska Cikana Community College,  Lake Area Career & Technology Center,  Minot State University, North Dakota School for the Deaf, Train ND Northeast, and UND are collaborative partners.

In the photo: Susan Goulding, coordinator of the NESC Scrubs Camp and Valerie Bauske,  Career Resource/Placement Coordinator at Lake Region State College accept the award for Health Scrubs Camp of the Year.