While news on the economy continues to be bleak, careers in healthcare are on the rise. Local high school students interested in healthcare will get an inside look at some of the most popular and in-demand career choices in the country at a special career day.
The School of Allied Health at Hodges University, in conjunction with the Lee and Collier County School District’s Medical Academies Advisory Boards, will host two healthcare careers workshops, specially designed for high school students in the local Medical Academies. The Collier County workshop will be held on May 6 at the Hodges – Naples campus, and the Lee County workshop will be held on May 8 at the Hodges – Ft. Myers campus. Both sessions begin at 8:30am. At least 100 students will attend each day.
According to Dr. Carlene Harrison, Dean of the School of Allied Health at Hodges University, the students have been given several options in the healthcare field from which they can choose. “We gave each of the students a list of twelve to fourteen career choices to select from,” said Harrison. “The students will pick the sessions where they have the most interest, and we’ll try to place them in a session based on their different interest levels.” Harrison serves on both the Lee and Collier County Academy Advisory Boards, and is Chair of the Lee County Board.
Some of the hands-on demonstrations include performing an EKG, constructing a dental mold and working with respiratory therapists. Additional healthcare career options will include medical assisting, physical therapy, physician, physician assistant, EMT and nursing. Each session will be lead by a local community healthcare professional in each field who have volunteered their time for the event.
In addition, students from Collier County will be designing posters that exhibits their views on healthcare in the future, with prizes being awarded to the three best illustrations.