BATON ROUGE – Twelve Livingston Parish students, representing all nine high schools, participated in the “CL: Healthcare” program sponsored by the Central Louisiana Area Health Education Center (CLAHEC) and Our Lady of the Lake College.

They were among 62 juniors and seniors attending the one-day interactive program on Jan. 13 that provided students the opportunity to explore nursing and allied health fields.

Livingston Parish students attending were: Lauren Giluso; Albany High; Madison Cresie, Frances Clement and Payton Dodds, Denham Springs High; Meghan Hughes, Doyle High; Rose Emery, French Settlement High.

Also, Lori Thomas, Holden High; Georgia Langlois, Live Oak High; Hannah Gautreau, Maurepas High; Skylar Brandon, Springfield High; and Jade Blackmon and LaDajsha Vernon, Walker High.

Students had the opportunity to observe various procedures used in each field and met with Our Lady of the Lake students and faculty.

They rotated through different departments to learn about a wide variety of medical career choices.

Among the health care fields available were nursing skills, biology/anatomage table, clinical lab science, physical therapy, radiologic technology and respiratory therapy.

CLAHEC is a nonprofit, community agency that serves as a training and information resource for health and education professionals for a 17-parish region.

Its primary goal is to identify local needs and develop programs that will encourage young people to consider a career in health care and to practice in rural and underserved communities where their services are needed.

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