Area high school students explore health care career opportunities

April 5, 2012

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With the aid of a balance ball and a game of catch, Bothwell Speech – Language Pathologist Christel Harms, right, helps Smith-Cotton High School freshmen practice balance and coordination while learning about opportunities in the field of physical therapy.

About 200 students from area high schools interested in careers in health care attended Bothwell Regional Health Center’s annual Freshman Career Day at State Fair Community College on Wednesday, April 4.

Bothwell staff from all areas of health care talked with students about job opportunities in the health-care field.

Lori Hazell, left, shares x-ray examples and explains opportunities in the field of Radiology to some avid listeners.

“We want to help students explore careers in the medical field to spark their interest in the dynamic and ever-changing arena of health care,” said Deb Clemmer, Bothwell’s vice president of Human Resources. “We also hope that they will someday return to our community with their expertise and provide exceptional care for patients.”

Bothwell LPN Rita Mergen, right, shares information with students considering a career in the field of nursing.

Students learned what classes they need to take in high school, what colleges to consider, how much education they need, what the job will be like, how much demand there is for a particular profession and average salaries.

Bothwell Laboratory Director Cindy McKeon, right, talks with an interested student about working in a hospital laboratory.

Bothwell hosted students from Smith-Cotton, Knob Noster, LaMonte, Lincoln, Northwest and Smithton high schools at the event. Photos courtesy Connie Patterson, BRHC.



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