High school seniors today got immersed into the world of health sciences at Missouri Southern State University as the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce hopes to help Tomorrow's Leaders Today.
The high school students taking part in the Tomorrow's Leaders Today program were able to get their "Hands on Health Science". Around 40 students rotated through programs like respiratory, nursing and dental hygiene to get first hand knowledge of the jobs expectations, the training required, as well as the rewards.
MSSU is just one field trip for the group which also visits businesses and industries. At each location they learn what employers are looking for in those they hire, from reliability to professional presentation.
"Make good decisions if you're going to get a tattoo or if you're going to get a piercing make sure it's acceptable to the work community," says Cary Beasley, the Joplin Chamber Workforce Development Manager.
"If you're more dependable, if you're more trustworthy, reliable, hard working, you'll be seen as a hard worker and and you'll be given more opportunities than if you weren't," says Ryan Cummins, a senior of College Heights Christian High School.
The students have also taken trips to Conway Truckload, Kellogg and Freeman Health, to see businesses and to Lafayette House and Spiva Art Center to better understand non-profit groups.
The Chamber of Commerce sponsors the program that also encourages students to be involved in the community in volunteer capacities. It hopes these student leaders will go to college and stay in the community and will be future leaders as adults.