ST. CLOUD -- Around 80 area high school and middle school students are receiving first hand experience working in the healthcare profession this week.

The first-ever Scrubs Camp in St. Cloud is providing students entering grades 6-12, an opportunity to explore the many careers within the medical field.

"The health care industry is growing and their is a high demand for careers," says Meredith.

Leah Meredith is the Experiential Learning and Outreach Director at St. Cloud State University. She says CentraCare was a big part in bringing the camp to St. Cloud.

"They've been wanting to get a camp started for the last few years and the campus really wanted to make this a priority," says Meredith.

The camp is a collaborative project put on by HealthForce Minnesota and held at SCSU and St. Cloud Technical and Community College campuses.

Meredith says they camp gives students a chance to tour a college campus and see what programs are available.

"This is an opportunity to learn about what they love and and also identify areas that are not as interesting to them," says Meredith.

The three day camp began yesterday (Monday) and runs through tomorrow (Wednesday).

More than 850 students are expected to attend camps at 14 different locations throughout Minnesota this summer.

The project was funded in part by the Initiative Foundation, a regional foundation, and Regenerative Medicine Minnesota.


Students learn about some of the things nurses work with. (Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON)