Dickinson High School offers a course that allows more than 30 students every year an opportunity to explore careers in the health field.
The course allows students to gain knowledge and save money, by giving them a better understanding of what they want to do after high school.
“I have been wanting to get into nursing,” said Daisia Wallner, Dickinson High School student.
Students also get a better picture of what careers they aren’t a good fit for.
“I can not see myself doing anything with surgeries or blood . . a lot of blood, ” said Tyra Heiser.
Dickinson High School’s Health Careers course offers students more than 50 career options in the health field that range from a dental assistant to a physician, and students can choose 12 to shadow and explore as possible careers.
“They don’t need to go to college for four years just to find out, ‘I made a poor decision, and now I have a debt’,” said Mitzi Swenson, Volunteer Coordinator at CHI St Alexius Health.
The students meet up and shadow professionals twice a week for 12 weeks, and Wallner said that she likes the course, because it gives her a better idea of what she thinks she would be good at.
Bobbie Jo Johnson, who is the instructor for the course said the students get an opportunity they wouldn’t get anywhere else.
“They get to ask the different professionals questions that they might now get at a job fair”.
She also hopes the experience might entice students to come back to Dickinson after college.
“We have a need for health care workers here (Dickinson), and we hope that when they job shadow and like it they will come back to this area,” said Johnson.
Wallner and Heiser said that Dickinson will be on the top of their list after college.
“I can’t see myself moving far away from Dickinson,” said Heiser.
In the future, Johnson would like to expand the course to include sports medicine, EMT, and nursing assistant career shadowing.