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 5 at the Hodges – Naples campus, and the Lee County workshop will be held on May 7 at the Hodges – Ft. Myers campus. Both sessions begin at 8:00am. At least 100 students will attend each day.
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. Students will hear, see, and participate with experienced health practitioners in a wide variety of fields to have hands-on experiences and face-to-face conversations.
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.
Dental, emergency medical services, fire department, medical assisting, medical laboratory, pharmacy, radiology, and veterinary careers will all be included in the program. Also included will be occupational, physical, respiratory, and speech therapy, as well as health information technology, nursing, physicians, physician assistants, and wellness. Students also will be able to compete in a poster contest where students will show how they believe medicine will look in 20 years.