“Butler Tech has suspended all job shadowing and clinical experiences because of restrictions in place due to COVID-19,” said Sally Muenchen, a registered nurse and Butler Tech Healthcare Science Program Instructor.
“Fortunately many of our students had already completed the requirements to earn their (work) credentials and are now working as front-line employees in hospitals and nursing homes throughout the tri-county area.”
The coronavirus is a deadly, worldwide pandemic but it’s also a learning experience for teens like McCray training for careers in healthcare, said Muenchen.
“A large part of our curriculum involves infection control, the proper use and indications for PPE (personal protection equipment) and public health. I think our students feel empowered by the information they’ve learned at Butler Tech and are better equipped both physically and mentally to deal with the challenges we are facing due to Covid-19,” she said.
A.J. Huff, spokeswoman for Butler Tech – which is one of the largest career school systems in Ohio – said hundreds of high school students in a variety of career learning programs are continuing to work during the coronavirus shutdowns in permitted jobs involving their field of study.
“We have a large number of students utilizing their training from Butler Tech on the front lines during this pandemic. From the medical field at hospitals and nursing homes to students working in manufacturing, food service and various service industries, our students are using the skills attained in their career tech programs to work,” said Huff.
“We are even aware of situations where our students may be the only person in their household currently working as so many parents and family members have become unemployed. We are so proud of these students and know that they are already making an impact on this world,” she said.
McCray, who will start the fall as a freshman at the University of Dayton studying pre-med and biology, appreciates her unusual experiences.
“I’ve always wanted to go into medicine and now I understand first-hand all the safety circumstances in hospital. And since all this has gone on … it has made me want to directly help patients more in the future than just cleaning their hospital rooms,” she said.