Underserved High School Students Learn Healthcare and More at UNCW

High school students help deliver a sim mannequin's baby as part of a UNCW summer enrichment program.

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

High school students from underserved communities across the state are experiencing hands-on activities and informational workshops at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Activities are designed to encourage students to enroll and succeed in postsecondary education.

On Thursday, July 12 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., students will explore a team building experience in McNeill Hall, Room 1051. At 2:45 p.m. in Room 1028, students will experience various healthcare fields through various activities including working with mannequin Sim patients in the UNC Wilmington simulation labs.

Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) North Carolina offers an array of college access services including summer enrichment programming on college campuses. These summer enrichment programs provides selected high school students from target schools across the state a peek into the life of a college undergraduate. GEAR UP North Carolina has partnered with UNCW since 2008 to offer summer enrichment opportunities and one-day college visits.

This week, students will spend six days at UNCW participating in the Camp BONES summer enrichment program, touring the campus and learning about college life to boost their knowledge and enthusiasm about higher education. Students will also participate in seminars and workshops on topics like registration and admissions. Academic activities since 2008 have focused on marine and environmental science, film, and health related fields such as nursing.

 "All of GEAR UP North Carolina summer enrichment programs include a focus on an academic and career-related area with components throughout the week that also focus on college life, admissions, college testing and more. GEAR UP North Carolina is very excited to partner with UNCW to offer these meaningful opportunities to our students with the goal of helping them enroll and succeed in postsecondary education." says Associate Director, GEAR UP North Carolina, Julia Conrad Fisher.

GEAR UP North Carolina is funded by the United States Department of Education, and serves cohorts of students starting with 7th graders in target schools following them through high school graduation.

Media Contact:
Joy Davis, Marketing and Communications, 910.632.3903 or davisjc@uncw.edu