Each year, approximately 1,000 volunteers selflessly grace Schwan’s USA CUP with their presence, helping to pull off the 4th largest youth soccer tournament in the world. Among those committed volunteers are high school students from the Opportunities in Emergency Care (OEC) program.
OEC classes are offered at Osseo and Spring Lake Park High School to students with interest in pursuing careers in the medical field.
“They start out with first-aid, CPR, first responder and EMT,” explained Gary Leafblad, OEC instructor at Osseo High School.
In the classroom, OEC students learn about the basic knowledge of medical training, and are given the opportunity to show what they’ve learned out in the field.
"The class is really cool,” said 17-year-old OEC student Jason Kells. “It shows you not only what you're going to see out and about, but how to deal with it, and it gives you a really good idea of what the medical field is going to be like."
Each year, USA CUP provides the perfect opportunity to put these students in the middle of the action, and give them some great hands-on experience.
"It’s one of my favorite events of the year because we get at least eight calls a day per cart,” Kells said. “We even helped backboard someone today."
As safety marks a high priority for USA CUP, a full medical clinic staffed with doctors and trainers is provided for players and visitors. This gives these OEC students a chance to pick the brains of people with careers in the medical field.
“These kids, they’re always looking for that confidence builder,” Leafblad said. “The ability to talk with the experts: doctors, residents and PA’s, gives them a chance to talk, see and experience the field.”
Though it is a popular event for OEC students, USA CUP isn’t the only out-of-the classroom event these students take part in.
Maren Strootman, an OEC student at Osseo High School had the opportunity to go on a trip to California with other students from her class to compete in a competition organized by the International Rescue and Emergency Care Association (IRECA).
Jason Kells (middle) is on site at the “K” fields with two of his fellow medical volunteers.
“We compete in emergency care competitions, where we have all real gear and fake victims, which sometimes even have fake blood,” Strootman said. “We’re given a scenario and have to go step-by step like you were in the real world.”
But one day for Kells, the scenario was real.
"I've had real world experience using what I’ve learned in the classroom,” he said. “I was first on scene of a major car accident on the way to school one day, and it was really cool to see how I could apply what I learned in the classroom into helping real people in the streets."
For OEC students like Kells and Strootman, who are both hoping to become a physican assistant and a paramedic respectively, they’ll take any experience they can get.
“[The OEC class] is just part of getting that real-world experience, so that it gives students better idea of what we want to do in the future,” Strootman said. “A lot of us are also interested in helping the community in different ways, so that’s what this is all about.”
Students traveled to Avery Wisconsin for a 5 day retreat where they learned and practice emergency care skills.
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Personal Learning Plans
In today's global economy, students must be well-prepared for the demands of college and the workplace. We provide and support the development of quality resources, tools and strategies designed to assist students as they transition from middle school to high school and into an increasingly wide array of postsecondary options.
Minnesota legislation requires all students (no later than 9th grade) to have a Personal Learning Plan. The plan elements are listed below. Osseo Senior High is committed to providing these elements to all students through our Advisory curriculum.
n +Develop career/college-related skills (21st Century Skills- teamwork, collaboration, creativity, communication, critical thinking, good work habits)
n + Emphasize academic rigor and high expectations (Students reflect on mid-tri grades, set goals, and review their transcript each trimester.)
n +Identify interests, aptitudes, aspirations (Each student takes and reflects on their personal and career assessments during their time at OSH)
n + Set appropriate career and college goals (Each year all students set and review personal, educational and career goals)
n + Provide access to education and career options (Students complete activities to increase knowledge about options after high school. Student survey data is used to schedule career/college speakers.)
+Provide strong academic content in career-focused courses (OSH provides extensive career and technical education course opportunities to allow for student career exploration and skill development.)
+Support/prepare for postsecondary options (Students complete activities focused on how to select, apply and pay for college. A college fair is scheduled each year at OSH and is open to all students.)
n + Provide experiential learning opportunities through community partnerships (Information and support is provided to students about accessing opportunities within the community.)
n +Revise/review PLP annually (At the end of each school year, the student, parent, and advisory teacher review a summary of the student’s progress and future plans.)
Students will create Personal Learning Plans through MCIS: Minnesota Career Information System starting in the 2015-2016 school year
The Minnesota Career Information System (MCIS) is a comprehensive web-based system that guides students through the career development process to create plans for postsecondary education and careers. Each student creates a portfolio to keep track of postsecondary institutions of interest, occupations of interest, assessments results, scholarships as well their Personal Learning Plan.
Your Personal Learning Plan is created by completing various grade-level specific checklist activities in MCIS. You will view your Personal Learning Plan annually by the student, parents/guardians and Advisory teacher. To view your Personal Learning Plan:
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