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Hendersonville summer camp offers students hands-on lesson in health care

Some Henderson County students got a behind the scenes look at health science careers in their community. A visit to Pardee UNC Healthcare offered rising high school students a closer look at careers in the health care industry. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

Some Henderson County students got a behind the scenes look at health science careers in their community. A visit to Pardee UNC Healthcare offered rising high school students a closer look at careers in the health care industry.

"I've been given the opportunity that I can see the behind the scenes and see what these people do and that has like really, really helped," Hendersonville High student Matthew Rogers, said.

During the four-day camp, the students will be be exposed to different departments -- like cardiology, emergency medicine, physical therapy, oncology and more. The goal is to highlight the many career paths health care has to offer.

"If we get them interested, it makes it better for us because they go to the local community colleges and those colleges feed back to us," Ron McKee, service line director at Pardee Hospital, said. "So, some of these students who are here today might end up becoming our employees down the road. "

The career camp is offered to students at no cost. It is funded through a partnership with Henderson County Public Schools, Pardee UNC Healthcare, Wingate University, Blue Ridge Community College's health sciences and the Golden LEAF Foundation.

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