Lake County High School Students to Explore Health Care Careers

December 01, 2015

MISSOULA – Forty Ronan and Charlo high school students will take part in the Research and Explore Awesome Careers in Healthcare program at St. Luke Community Healthcare in Ronan on Wednesday, Dec. 2.

Students will spend a full day at St. Luke working in teams, rotating through a variety of departments. St. Luke health care professionals will provide a close-up view of job duties, daily practice, policy and procedures, and explain the education and training required for their positions. 

Maggie Roddam, St. Luke respiratory therapist, is choreographing the day’s events to include student visits to radiology, physical therapy, laboratory and emergency room departments. This year, students also will attend a session hosted by dentist Gayle Siemers and assistant Micayla Pretty On Top.

REACH was developed by the Montana Area Health Education Center in 2007 to meet a growing need for health care workers by giving students early exposure to the health care industry and the many career choices available.

The Western Montana AHEC, located at the University of Montana, coordinates REACH programs at hospitals throughout the seven-county region of western Montana. There are five Montana AHEC regional offices, located in Missoula, Helena, Bozeman, Billings and Miles City.

REACH is one of several programs that Montana AHEC provides to schools and communities throughout the state, fulfilling a portion of the center’s mission to connect students to careers, professionals to communities and communities to better health. This is the fourth year St. Luke has hosted the REACH program.

For more information call Martha Robertson, Montana AHEC program coordinator, at 406-243-4746 or email

Contact: Martha Robertson, Montana Area Health Education Center program coordinator, 406-243-4746,