Meridian Community College is using a grant to help recruit non-traditional students.
Ninth grade boys from Meridian High School were invited to participate in Camp O.N.E. Nursing Station to explore health care professions offered at MCC, that are generally filled by females.
They were able to visit both Anderson and Rush hospitals to see what's involved in those jobs.
Officials say ninth graders are just beginning to think about what their college major or career field will be.
"I hope that they see the door is wide open because it is a very growing industry as far as, you know, a secure future there, secure jobs," said nursing instructor Rob Bullock. "Lots of different fields they can get into, such as nursing and medical lab tech and radiology and respiratory and all of these different types of things that they can do and give them a bright future."
MCC said it hopes students will consider a wide variety of jobs available in nursing, medical lab and technology.