An AVID Learning Experience
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AVID is an acronym for “advancement via individual determination.” It was founded in 1980 by Mary Catherine Swanson who, at the time, was the head of the English department at San Diego’s Clairemont High School. The program fosters college readiness for elementary and high school students and is designed to increase school wide learning and performance. In conjunction with Communities-in-Schools, Kansas Heart Hospital employees visited two local schools this past week.
On Thursday, November 14th, 2013 Deanna Boso, manager of the Cath Lab, Nancy Bacon, manager of the General Lab and Harry Stockwell, a respiratory therapist visited and spoke at West High School’s annual Career Day in Wichita. Three sessions of sophomore students numbering 20-30 students per session listened as they were introduced into various fields of health care from varying perspectives and experiences by Kansas Heart Hospital employees. Career opportunities involving radiology, nursing, cath lab and respiratory therapy were discussed and “hands-on” opportunities were provided students to work with coronary artery stents, catheters and respiratory therapy equipment. Dana Loyd, the West High School Site Coordinator for Communities-in-Schools, mentioned that the students were part of the Medical Strand program at the high school which focuses on students interested in health care as a career. Nancy Bacon stated, “I really enjoyed my experience seeing the students listen and then have an opportunity to interact with hospital technology like stents and respiratory therapy equipment.”
On Friday, November 15th, 2013, Deanna Boso traveled to Brooks-A Center for STEM and the ARTS Magnet Middle School to speak to 7th and 8th graders who are members of the local AVID class. Two (2) separate sessions of sixty (60) students per session attended Deanna’s AVID class. She highlighted the opportunities available in nursing as well as her role as a radiology tech and cath lab manager. “I tried to give the students an overview of possible different areas in healthcare which can be pursued in the hospital environment. I felt that the students demonstrated a keen level of interest and one student approached me after my presentation and inquired about getting a job in ultrasound.” Kansas Heart Hospital is most appreciative of Communities-in-School, Dana Loyd, and Katie Gaimond, in particular, for arranging this community-based educational opportunity.
See more photos of Communities in Schools Career Day in the photo gallery.