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OSU-OKC Upward Bound students help make it 'snow' for Bethany Children's Health Center

OSU-OKC Upward Bound Students craft paper snowflakes to decorate Bethany Children's Health Center

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

At least at the Bethany Children’s Health Center (BCHC). On December 3, OSU-OKC TRIO Upward Bound students cut out hundreds of paper snowflakes to brighten the halls of the health center for the holidays. Devin Newsom, Talent Acquisition Specialist for BCHC and OSU-OKC TRIO alum, informed students of the mission of BCHC and highlighted two touching client stories. Newsom pointed out the wide variety of career opportunities afforded at a facility such as BCHC. It’s not just doctors and nurses.

TRIO Upward Bound is a federal college prep program for low-income, first-generation high school students. Career research and community service are part of the program’s objectives, so the partnership with BCHC is a win-win. For students who want to further investigate available opportunities, Bailey Tyler, Volunteer Services Manager for BCHC, explained the various volunteer opportunities for teens and the Volume Summer Program.  Volume “is a service-based, hands-on learning experience for high school students hoping to pursue careers in healthcare and allied health." This includes medicine, nursing, respiratory therapy, pharmacy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, child life, social work, and more.

This summer, Newsom and Tyler will coordinate a facility tour so OSU-OKC Upward Bound students can get a firsthand look at the health center and interact with the patients. In the meantime, students hope the snowflakes will bring some smiles.