Education in Obion County, TN

A select group of Union City School students recently toured Baptist Memorial Hospital as part of a program to assist students in developing leadership, collaboration, and communication skills.

UCHS Career Counselor Lisa Carson organized the trip for the Union City Leadership Innovation Team. The outing was the latest in a continuing effort for members to be provided opportunities to promote skills while developing relationships in the work world through networking, business exposure, and professional development.

Jacob Arnold, Addison Carr, Zack Davidson, Chloe Hubbard, Debrionna Jones, Molly Kizer, Marcos Landeros, Trinity Lockridge, Foster Rodgers, and Nakyah Yarbrough made up the UC contingent.

Kara Ward, Development/Marketing Director at BMH, orchestrated the group’s first on-site tour. After being given a brief overview, students toured several departments, including the Emergency Room, Radiology, Laboratory, and Rehabilitation.

As the students approached each department, a spokesperson shared their role, responsibilities, job description, and educational path. Students insisted the tour was highly informative regarding employment options, salary range, benefits, and educational planning.

Students enjoyed lunch provided by the hospital after the tour. They talked informally with Ms. Ward during the meal and asked more specific questions.

As the group discussed various aspects of the hospital, Ms. Ward shared other areas of the facility that might be of interest that requires skilled labor, such as electricians, HVAC, and maintenance.

Before departing, Ms. Ward praised the students for their attentiveness, questioning techniques, and maturity.