GCSC hosts STEM scholars/parents

Published: Friday, November 9, 2012 at 03:25 PM.

The Gulf/Franklin Center of Gulf Coast State College joined with FloridaLearns STEM Scholars to sponsor a parent/student night Oct. 29 for STEM scholars and their parents from Franklin and Gulf counties. 

The primary focus of this meeting was to share information with students and parents about careers in Healthcare. 

Speakers from Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf included Kathy Chastain RN, MSM, Director of Patient Care Services, Kim Werner, Physical Therapist, Laney Kennedy RN, Infection Control, Belinda Schmidt, Medical Technologist, Cheryl Traylor RN, Manager of Perioperative Area and Ted Emanuel, Pharmacy Manager. They gave students an overview of the various opportunities in their career area and helpful hints about preparation for a healthcare profession. 

The FloridaLearns STEM Scholars initiative was launched in July 2011, with a vision to help Florida address its urgent and important STEM talent development challenge by focusing on some of Florida’s most underserved students, its gifted and talented in the rural regions of the state. The Panhandle Area Educational Consortium (PAEC) located in Chipley, is working with partners in the area to coordinate Parent nights. 

Parent/student meetings ensure parents and students receive project, scholarship and post-secondary information, and learn about a variety of STEM careers. The goal is to help students make well-informed career choices and understand the academic preparation the career requires. The parent/student meetings are designed to keep communication open between parents, STEM Scholars and grant personnel.

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