2012-10-24 / Local & State

Health Careers Fair Set For October 30

Public, students invited to attend

Plans are being finalized for next Tuesday’s Health Careers Fair, a project arranged by Employment and Training Services of Fulton County and Fulton County Medical Center (FCMC) in hopes of educating youths and the general public on health-related career opportunities, healthy lifestyles and local services within the community.

Set for October 30, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Mc- Connellsburg Alumni & Friends Building located on the Central Fulton School District Campus in Mc- Connellsburg, the event is being held in conjunction with the 11th annual Health Careers Week in the Southern Alleghenies Region. The fair’s target audience is not just limited to middle and high school students, but also the general public as a whole.

Among the core goals of the program are educating visitors about the numerous career opportunities in healthcare-related fields; exploring healthcare career training options; recognizing the importance of a healthy lifestyle, safe choices and preventative care; and showcasing local healthcare providers and the services they provide to the community.

More than 20 organizations and businesses are scheduled to be on hand with displays and literature, with many offering additional presentations and demonstrations. FCMC will have representatives from a variety of departments, such as occupational therapy, pharmacy, physical therapy and surgical services. In addition, free blood pressure screenings and pulse oxygen testing will be offered. In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Rhonda Brake Shreiners Women’s Center will promote breast cancer knowledge and will discuss careers, such as a health patient navigator role in healthcare.

Literature and information pertinent to counseling, psychology and mental health services will also be offered. Colleges slated to be in attendance include Kaplan University, Hagerstown Community College, Allegany College of Maryland, Huntingdon County CTC and Dubois College.

Weather permitting, Med- Star will land and the community will have an opportunity to discuss with the flight nurses careers related to that particular field.

McConnellsburg Volunteer Fire Co. will offer ambulance tours and discuss necessary training for jobs associated with the company.

Various door prizes and giveaways will be awarded throughout the event. Door prizes are sponsored by Giant Food Stores, state Rep. Dick Hess and McLaughlin’s Drug Store. Everyone who brings a nonperishable food item or cash donation for the Fulton County Food Basket will receive a nutrition bag.

For more information regarding this event, please contact Employment and Training Services of Fulton County by calling 717-485- 5131 or visit us on Facebook.

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