Local high school students are given a special opportunity to see careers in healthcare this week. The Munford High School Health Science Program Anatomy and Physiology classes took 24 of its students on a tour of the Gadsden State Community College cadaver lab yesterday and followed up with an occasion to meet and interview employees of Northeast Alabama Regional Medical Center, today. The high school has partnered with Gadsden State Community College for several years to give the students firsthand knowledge. The community college gives the students a tour of the campus and shows them technical programs. Gadsden State Community College Director of the McClellan Campus, Kelley Pearce, says the cadaver lab is an essential part of learning to work in healthcare. Munford High School Senior Tymeshia (TI-MEESHA) Gladden-who wants to become a Nurse- says the two-day excursion gave them the chance to look at the work of healthcare employees differently. Northeast Alabama Regional Medical Center Director of Development, Vickie Simmons says today’s visit by Munford High School will help to foster and grow careers in healthcare. Simmons adds that the students had a chance to meet engineers, biochemists, and visit the hospital’s Emergency Room and it really opened some eyes. Munford High School Senior, Drew Cooper, says because of the two-day experience he is more set than ever to achieve his goal. R-M-C has 13 to 16 contracts with colleges and universities for onsite clinicals and they regularly reach into area high schools to give students tours of their facilities. If you would like more information regarding healthcare studies at Gadsden State Community College, visit the school online at gadsdenstate.edu.