By: Mike Moffat
Imagine being able to get hands on experience as a junior in high school and gain credits toward college. Clinton County’s Regional Education Service Agency program has 11 different courses for credit at Lansing Community College.
This program is available to all the schools in Clinton County, and runs during the whole school year. Students from DeWitt High School, Bath High School, Fowler High School, and others job shadow potential courses.
“Our most popular course being taken in this program has got to be allied health,” said Margo Hazelman, Clear Education coordinator. “It allows a wide variety of different options from students to choose from in the health field, from working with children, to working with the elders.”
The more popular topic in allied health is child development. The students travel to the Fuerstenau Early Childhood Center and host special events such as reading hours, or giving them the experience of teaching a child.
“I really like seeing the students’ reactions when they get a first hand experience like this,” said Kathi Senita, principal at Fuerstenau Early Childhood Center. “It really helps them determine whether they are right going into this age group, or if they want to move up to higher education.”
“My favorite part about teaching this course is seeing the students make the connections with the real world,” said Karen Stutzman, allied health professor at Lansing Community College. “Their actions now can help reflect their future, and they really get a sense of why this program helps them prepare.”
Real Hands-On Experience
On the other hand, another popular course in this program is the construction trades class. This course gives the students an overall of the career building structure.
“We go to sites that are currently in progress and see what their layout is going to look like in the end,” said Ross Pope, construction professor at Lansing Community College. “The students can get a really good look at what goes into building the project such as the materials needed, the floor blueprints, the number of hours needed for the project, etc.”
Overall, these students get credit for participating in this program toward Lansing Community College and it gives them a nice head start going into college. Whether it is criminal justice, sports medicine, or emergency services, the RESA program has a spot for these students’ future.
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