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'Institute of Health Careers' announced for JPS ROTC students

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A total of 49 Jackson Public Schools ROTC students will set out later this week for a camp at William Carey University in Hattiesburg. The camp will open doors for them to healthcare careers.

"Hopefully, they will come away with a better understanding of what they can do if they wish to pursue healthcare, how much of a need there is for healthcare," says Jessica Taylor, Assistant Professor of Physiology at William Carey University.

Jackson Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Cedric Gray joined University staff members to announce the first-ever Institute of Health Careers. For two days, the students will work in laboratory settings. They will even observe a simulated resuscitation.. using a mannequin.

"The students will get to do what we call running a code. They will observe our physicians and medical students come in and save the patients' life," Taylor says.

"It will be a good experience for me to see how they bring a person back to life," says Lanier High School Senior Kanidra Austin, who plans to major in Pre-Med.

Although plenty of other ROTC cadets don't plan a career in health care, they're looking forward to the experience.

"To become more knowledgeable about the STEM majors that the college offers," says Melvin Williams, Jim Hill High School Senior.

The program is part of a national commitment to encourage more minority students to pursue careers in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics). 

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