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Two participants in the Great Plains Technology Center’s Health Care Academy — Cache High School math teacher Tom Adams and MacArthur High School counselor Katy Jackson-Seeley — watch radiation technician students at work in the GPTC radiation technology laboratory Tuesday. Shown are, from left, Debbie Ousley, Caley Beck, Lekeedra Griffin, Adams and Jackson-Seeley. About 140 educators are taking part in the workshop sponsored by GPTC and Comanche County Memorial Hospital.

Health Care Academy draws area educators

Educators from around the area are getting a look at future career opportunities for students this week at the annual Health Care Academy, sponsored by the Great Plains Technology Center and Comanche County Memorial Hospital.

Rheu Nell Horton, GPTC recruiting specialist, said 140 high school and middle school counselors and teachers are taking part in the workshop, representing eight different schools.

She said Tuesday that the purpose of the academy is to introduce the educators to the many programs offered at GPTC for both high school students and adults who wish to enter health care fields.

Tuesday was an orientation day at GPTC. The educators will spend today through Friday at CCMH, visiting various departments to meet with health care professionals and see all of the different jobs that the medical field offers.

"It's a lot more than just doctors and nurses," said Horton.

Health care training available at GPTC includes practical nursing, a certified nursing assistant program, radiation technician, surgical technician, respiratory technician, phlebotomy, pharmacy technician, emergency medical technician/paramedic, medical coding and billing, and pre-biomedical science for high school students.

Tom Adams, a math teacher from Cache High School, said he went through a similar workshop at GPTC over the pre-engineering program, so he was glad to take part in the Health Care Academy when the opportunity arose.

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