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Teens get hands-on at Hutchings Career Center

The Hutchings Career Center in Macon wants students to know their career choice doesn't have to be based on gender. Teen girls learned all about cars and young men learned medicine isn't just about nursing, a career dominated by women.

The Center for Research on Gender in the Professions states about a third of the doctors in the US are women. However, they make up more than 90 percent of nurses.

Northeast High School Healthcare Science teacher Lisa Dixon said many of her students equate medicine with nursing. "And it's not just nursing, there's over 250 careers out there that are in the healthcare science. So just exposing them to those fields, the opportunities out there are just enormous," said Dixon.

That's where "Men in Medicine" comes in. "I learned that there are numerous things to do within the medical field and you can always change your career, and you basically learn new things everyday," said David Jones, a rising Northeast High School ninth grader.

Jones wants to be an emergency room physician. "I like to help people and I love people," said Jones.

Central Georgia Tech taught students all about CPR and surgery. Darrin Brown, 16, wants to be a surgeon or family doctor. "So far I've learned how all the instruments are needed, how they have to be handled, and why they are so important," said Brown.

At "Girls Auto Know," teens learned how to diagnose car problems and how to change the oil and filter.
Central High School student Sarah Turner said she wants a car and needs to know how to take care of it. "So far I've learned what the different lights mean on the car, and the different colors of the lights meaning, and I learned how to change oil in a car today, it was so cool," said Turner.

Unlike Turner, Eden Andre wasn't sure if auto camp was for her. "I thought it would be sort of boring but now that I got into it, it was really fun," said Andre.

"I think that it would be good for girls to branch out and know that it's OK to work on cars, it's OK to do things with your hands and get dirty," said Turner.

This is the third year the school has run the camp.


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