SHS students attending MedStart camps this summer include, from left, Brogan McAllister, Raven Olsen, Rachel Hould, Bailey Johnson and Kelsyn Lohr. Not pictured, but also attending is Laith Benhammou.

MedStart is a five-day summer program aimed at developing the next generation of healthcare providers. Shelby High School students attending MedStart programs this summer are Brogan McAllister, Bailey Johnson, Kelsyn Lohr, Olivia Moss and Laith Benhammou, attending the camp in Great Falls, and Rachel Hould and Raven Olson will be attending the camp in Missoula.  These students all were enrolled in the Medical Preparation class at Shelby High School this past year. 

Hosted by the Montana AHEC (Areas Health Education Center) and the Montana Hospital Association, MedStart camp immerses students in campus life while providing opportunities to explore a variety of health care careers through simulation activities and job shadows at local facilities. Students also attend college planning sessions to map out their college and career goals. After camp, each regional AHEC office provides support to students that include college resources, financial aid updates, scholarships and connections to further job shadowing within their hometown.

MedStart is open to current high school sophomores and juniors. Scholarships are available for students who come from disadvantaged backgrounds, low-income families, rural areas, minorities or will be first in their family to attend college. The Toole County Health Foundation has been sponsoring students by helping defray the cost of the tuition. The students are very grateful for them. Thank you!

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