BUTTE, Mont. -

A group of local high school students got a hands-on look at what it's like to work in the medical industry.

St. James Healthcare in Butte hosted the program called REACH which stands for Research and Explore Awesome Careers in Healthcare.

52 students from Butte, Boulder, and Whitehall took part in hands-on activities like radiology, wound care, and even St. James' Da Vinci Surgical Robotic System.

St. James tells NBC Montana this program helps students check out the healthcare industry, while helping the hospital recruit bright future professionals.

"One of the things we can affect is to improve the opportunity we might have to get local people involved in healthcare," said Manager of Education Services Phil Dean. "They know our community, they know our facility, so it's a great opportunity for us to plant a seed early on for them to consider."

St. James said this is the second REACH event they've held this year, and they plan to host more students in the future.