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Hartford High Health and Phys Ed Get a Lesson in Infectious Disease Control

On Friday, May 2, 2008, over 80 Hartford High freshmen were donning hospital scrubs in Health and Physical Education classes. Students had an opportunity to experience firsthand how the skills they are learning and applying in their current classes will translate into skills employers are looking for as the students enter the future work force.

Wanda Pockett, RN, BS of Mt. Ascutney Hospital in Windsor, Vermont, presented information about Mt. Ascutney’s Daring to Care program designed to introduce youth to various careers in the medical field. Within her presentation, Ms. Pockett discussed specific examples of infectious diseases and explained how this community problem touches each of us.
“Ms. Pockett has a lot of knowledge and obviously enjoyed sharing that knowledge with students,” said Sara Foster of Hartford High School. “Students learned about the importance of hand-washing and about germs – MRSA in particular. They also learned about the nursing profession.”

This Learn to Earn (L2E) presentation is one of many offered to local high schools through the Upper Valley Business and Education Partnership (UVBEP). It took place at Hartford High School thanks in part to support from the Vermont Department of Labor Career Exploration grant. L2E, a program through Navicate in Burlington, VT, is designed to engage the community in encouraging high school students to consider higher-level math, science, and technology courses in an effort to broaden their future education and career opportunities. Through L2E, students are able to learn not only about high-tech careers in the abstract sense, but are also able to relate what they are learning to an actual person with unique and real experiences.

For more information about L2E or other UVBEP programs, please call 603-643-3431 x2902 or email info(at)


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