Mansfield Hosts GEAR UP Camp For High School Students

MANSFIELD, PA—Mansfield University hosted a group of 10th grade students from the Norristown, Allentown, Lancaster and Harrisburg school districts for the GEAR-UP 3 Camp the week of July 9.GEAR UP stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs. This year’s camp focused on Healthcare Career Exploration.

The students spent most of the week on the MU campus participating in various activities and presentations from different healthcare professionals. They also had the opportunity to travel the Guthrie Clinic in Sayre, PA to visit the MU training program facilities for nursing, respiratory therapy and radiology. In addition the students were given the opportunity to have a presentation from the Guthrie Trauma Center and the medical helicopter, Guthrie Air.

The students received career information on multiple different healthcare fields during their time at MU. The students received information on Chiropractic care, Nutrition and Dietetics, Optometry, Sports Medicine, Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation, pre-hospital services, pharmacy services and Healthcare Management just to name a few.

In addition the students participated in many activities that explored the available resources and extracurricular activities of Mansfield University and the surrounding area.

Mansfield University partnered with the Guthrie Clinic, UPMC Susquehanna Health, Bull Family Chiropractic Care, Strohecker Vision, Elite Therapy, and Phoenix Rehabilitation to provide the necessary resources for this camp.

“The students were able to enjoy the atmosphere and scenery at Mansfield University, as well as receive valuable information and have a very positive college experience,” Camp Director Jim Welch said. “Mansfield University is pleased to host this very energetic group again this year. The students received a great deal of information in a fun and entertaining way.”

This is the second year that MU has hosted the GEAR-Up program for a week long camp. This program is a grant funded program through the Department of Education to provide these students with an opportunity to learn about careers, and look forward to furthering their education after high school.  The grant program follows students from these four school districts that will graduate high school in 2020.

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