Grand Valley hosts health professions camp

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Area eighth- and ninth-grade students will have the opportunity to explore careers in the health sciences at a first-time camp at Grand Valley State University.

Summer Health Activities and Professions Exploration (sHaPe) will be held July 12-15 and July 19-22 at Grand Valley’s Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences in downtown Grand Rapids.

sHaPe will allow students to participate in hands-on science activities that include laboratories and simulations, gain academically challenging scientific knowledge, and learn about personal health and fitness.

The camp is designed for students entering eighth or ninth grade — a key time when students are considering careers. They will enjoy exercising in fun ways, making nutritious meals, collecting data in a laboratory setting, using modern medical equipment, understanding different types of therapies for various injuries and disabilities, and experiencing a field trip to Spectrum Health Butterworth Campus.

Participants will explore the professions of clinical lab science, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant, radiation therapy, sonography, speech pathology, sports medicine, and therapeutic recreation.  

sHaPe is sponsored by the Regional Math and Science Center in collaboration with faculty and staff from the College of Health Professions, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Kirkhof College of Nursing.

For more information, contact Ranelle Brew, GVSU College of Health Professions, at (616) 331-5947 or Kathy Agee, GVSU Regional Math and Science Center, at (616) 331-3031.