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Students sample College-For-A-Day (video)

By Carolina Astrain
Dec. 1, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Updated Dec. 2, 2012 at 6:02 a.m.


IF YOU GO

To sign up for a campus tour of Victoria College, contact their main office at: 361-573-3291

WHAT CROSSROADS NURSES MAKE

This data was collected from Texas Workforce Solutions and is based on what former students that went through their Intensive Services Program made fresh out of Victoria College's nursing program.

LBN - Licensed Practical Nurse (18-month program)

RN/ADN - Registered Nurses/Associates Degree in Nursing (2-year program)

2010

$10-21.50 per hour - LBN

$12-27.68 per hour - RN/ADN

2011

$13.50-22 per hour - LBN

$17+ per hour - RN/ADN

2012

$14.38-20 - LBN

N/A -RN/ADN

[SOURCE: Texas Workforce Solutions]

Highest Paying Jobs IN 2012

  1. Doctors and Surgeons, $168,650-$234,950
  2. Orthodontists and Dentists, $161,750-$204,670
  3. Chief Executive Officers, $176,550
  4. Petroleum Engineer, $138,980
  5. Lawyer, $130,490

[SOURCE: Bureau of Labor Statistics]

A defensive line of gray tees sat at the front row of the ceramic-tiled classroom.

Wearing a gray football spirit shirt and a pair of Crocs, Brandon Maraggia, 17, tapped his porous footwear against the floor, as he watched Marilyn Powell snap a blue latex glove onto her hands.

The Industrial High School football players were among a group of 40 students visiting Victoria College's campus to get a sample of life after graduation.

The college offers day-long tours to high school students in the area throughout the year.

At the early November tour, Powell, a Continuing Education Center health instructor, explained the different types of job tracks offered at the college.

Dressed in black, Powell spoke to the students candidly, in an unapologetic tone, about the future that awaited them.

"They don't let you come back to high school after you graduate," Powell joked while explaining that the stresses of adulthood would soon be upon them. "It's crazy how that works."

The instructor started her demonstration off by showing the students how to properly dispose of gloves after using them in a clinic.

"This way, you don't get any gunk on yourself," Powell said.

The students laughed along with Powell as she showed them the seemingly simple task.

Next, the instructor took on a volunteer to dress in nursing garb for the class.

Lauren Ramon, 17, had started off her day with her waist-length hair tied back in a low ponytail.

Powell placed a blue hair net onto Ramon's head, and the high school senior began to slowly wrap her locks into a bun.

At the end of her makeover, Ramon was a vision of blue and yellow clinical wear.

"Masks are only good for 30 minutes," Powell reminded the students.

After the health care profession talk ended, a group of students took a career-personality matching exam in a nearby computer lab.

Aspiring secret agent Matthew Bellanger said his results reflected his desired career path.

Judge was at the top of his suggested career list.

"This fits not too far from where I thought it would land," Bellanger said.

In a black leather jacket, Gregory Foster sat comfortably next to the future government official.

Costume assistant was at the top of the aspiring filmmaker's list.

"It's not exactly the same as being a filmmaker, but it's close," Foster said.

The students swiveled around anxiously in their chair as they waited for the next stop on their day-long tour of college life.

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