Spring Valley Seniors Lakeisha Greene and Fred Hogsett partnered with 3rd Battalion, 34th Infantry Regiment and 1st Battalion, 61st Infantry Regiment at Fort Jackson to learn more about Army medicine and careers as athletic trainers. As part of the training, the students arrived every morning at 5:30 a.m. to observe unit sick call and how athletic trainers assessed injured or sick Soldiers. After sick call, the students observed Physical Readiness Training or assisted the trainers in building treatment packets for Soldiers. Some of the students participated in a 12-kilometer foot march with Company B, 3-34th.
The training was part of the Spring Valley Health Science Education curriculum, which is designed to expose students to basic health care knowledge and subjects such as anatomy, disease processes and infection control. The Health Science program also incorporates basic skill mastery and career exploration. The goal is to provide students with knowledge, skills, and experiences that will allow them to make informed decisions regarding their future postsecondary and career plans. The highlight of the program is the culminating Health Science 2/Clinical Studies course. It is designed to provide students with real world experiences and applications that allow them to develop professional characteristics and workplace skills as well provide internship and shadowing opportunities in the area of their interest. Through these experiences students make connections with professionals and find relevance for their classroom experience. It also enlightens them to current trends in the field of medicine and introduces them to unique career opportunities that are not readily known.