|Mobile, Ala. (August 13, 2003)
|USA HOSPITALS TO SPONSOR Health Occupations Career Fair
The University of South Alabama Hospitals are supporting sponsors of the first Health Occupations Career Fair on Sept. 10 at the Mobile Civic Center's Expo Hall. The Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce Center for Workforce Development and its Health Industry Cluster is collaborating with the health care community to host the event.
The Health Occupations Career Fair will increase awareness of and interest in health occupations among students, provide information about post-secondary health career programs (including financial aid and scholarship opportunities) and provide a recruiting venue for health care providers and students preparing to graduate from local health career programs.
The goal is to help address critical health workforce shortages, particularly nursing and allied health, by bringing together students with health education programs and job seekers with prospective local employers.
The target groups for this event are:
Participants in the event will include:
- Selected 9th - 12th grade students from high schools in Mobile and Baldwin counties. (Students will be selected by their counselors based on their interest in pursuing a health occupation and participation in upper-level science/math courses, grade point average and attendance record)
- Students preparing to graduate from local health career programs
- Adults seeking to re-enter a health care field in which they were previously certified and employed
- Adults interested in changing careers to a health care field
- Recruiters and human resource representatives from Mobile and Baldwin County hospitals and health care providers, such as long-term care facilities and clinics
- Representatives from health career education programs located in South Alabama and around the state
- Health care providers and health-related businesses who will host and man interactive booths focusing on different health care occupations, such as pharmacy, medicine, nursing and others.
The event will be a full day and will host secondary students from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. and adults and job seekers from 2 p.m. - 7 p.m. Attendees will tour a series of interactive booths featuring demonstrations and information about a wide variety of health occupations. Representatives from local post-secondary health career programs will be on hand to provide participants with information about entrance requirements and curriculum, as well as financial aid and scholarship opportunities.
For additional information, please contact Beverly Livers or Michele Rumpf in The Center for Workforce Development, 251-431-8619.