Treat of the Day: Local students get closer look into healthcare careers

A world of educational and career opportunities opened up for 180 Bryan high school students during a visit to Blinn’s Health Science Center campus Friday.

Juniors and seniors from Bryan Independent School District’s Hammond-Oliver Science Academy—a program for students from Bryan and Rudder High Schools who have expressed an interest in health careers—explored Blinn’s state-of-the-art Health Science Center and learned about its nursing, veterinary technology, emergency medical services, physical therapist assistant and fire science programs.

“I’ve always known about Blinn since it’s in town, but seeing what Blinn has to offer in the world of healthcare blew my mind,” Ja’Tavian Jefferson said.

Sami Rahman, director of simulation and clinical labs, led the students through Blinn’s 23,000-square-foot facility at the Texas A&M Health Science Center in Bryan. The students got an up-close look at the EMS lab with an ambulance simulator, two operating rooms with attached scrub areas, six high-fidelity intensive care unit rooms, 16 mid-fidelity private hospital rooms, six low-fidelity private hospital rooms, a physical therapy lab equipped with a new virtual dissection table, two radiologic technology x-ray suites, a virtual IV training room, a home setting and an outpatient clinical space.

“Many of these students are first-generation college students,” said David Reynolds, director of career and technical education for Bryan ISD. “We want to get them familiar with Blinn, so when it comes time to apply here or to other colleges, they are not intimidated.”

During each tour, students buzzed with interest in fields they hadn’t known existed, Rahman said.

“This has been a great opportunity to introduce high school students to what Blinn has to offer,” she said. “As a community college, this is what we do: educate people in the community about how we can help them advance their careers.”