Pathways to Tomorrow College students Compete in Worldwide Healthcare Professions Competitors | information

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Several students from the Pathways to Tomorrow (P2T) program at West Point attended a conference with others from around the world over the summer that focused on careers in the healthcare industry.

Ten of 13 P2T health science students who qualified at the state level attended the International Leadership Conference Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) in Nashville, Tennessee. The conference is the highlight of the year for HOSA members and advisors, with general sessions, informative business sessions, nationally renowned speakers, healthcare industry tours, competitive events, awards, recognition and more.

The 13 chapter members qualified for the conference during the Nebraska HOSA State Leadership Conference in Omaha in March.

The 10 students who attended the international conference were Ella Bridges, Kennedi Cooper and Payton Nolting, Bancroft-Rosalie; Erica Engelmeyer and Hailey Hunzeker, Guardian Angels Central Catholic (West Point); Blair Fiala and Kennady Schmidt, Howells-Dodge; Sadie Nelson and Faith Hendrickson, Oakland-Craig; and Riley Heller, West Point-Beemer. The other qualifiers were Erin Jensen and Tori Buss, Guardian Angels Central Catholic, and Makenna Buss, Oakland-Craig.

The qualifiers and the categories in which they competed in the conference included:

Biomedical Debate (Team) – Cooper, Bridges, Fiala and Jensen; clinical specialty – Engelmeyer; cultural differences and inequalities in health care – bridges; Dentistry — Nolting; EMT (team) – Heller and Schmidt; Epidemiology—Makenna Buss; Health Issues – Makenna Buss and Fiala; Home Nursing – Hendrickson and Hunzeker; Pharmacy – Tori Buss; Pharmacology — Tori Buss.

When the P2T students weren’t competing or attending sessions at the conference, they had the opportunity to enjoy the sights and sounds of Nashville, tour world-famous Broadway Street, and listen to live country music and dance.

Sponsors and trainers of the students are Dale Mundil and Daniel Bridges.

“That 13 of our HOSA chapter members from P2T even qualify for the international competition says a lot about the quality of the health science students that we have here. We benefit from our partner schools sending us their best and highest-performing students,” said Bridges. “It is an amazing achievement that some of these students survived the first round of the international competition.”

EMT team Heller and Schmidt, along with Faith Hendrickson, made it to the second round of the Home Health Care competition, placing in the top 25 of the international competition.

The group received a grant of US$16,300 from the Board of Directors of the Donald E. Nielsen Foundation to cover the expenses and fees of attending the conference for the students and their sponsors.

In its sixth year, the P2T Consortium has offered Professional and Technical Education (CTE) courses. This is the second year that classes will be held at Northeast Community College’s expanded West Point campus. High school graduates have the opportunity to enroll in five professions: structural design, computer science, education, health sciences and welding. Students can also enroll in classes to earn their Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). All programs offered by P2T are designed to ensure portability to all public post-secondary institutions in Nebraska.

P2T, supported by Educational Service Unit #2, includes seven member schools: Bancroft-Rosalie, Emerson-Hubbard, Guardian Angels Central Catholic (West Point), Howells-Dodge, Lyons Decatur Northeast, Oakland-Craig and West Point-Beemer.

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