CCHS Students Explore Health Careers

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Students in Mr. Hold’s Health classes at Colonie Central High School visited the College and Career Center to explore Health Careers through a program sponsored by the Hudson Mohawk Area Health Education Center. 

Students learned about careers including Health informatics, health care for the aging population, nursing, pharmacy, physicians assistant, and others.

“This was a great opportunity for students to gain insight into healthcare careers,” Hold said. “The presentation gave students a chance to explore different career options and they gained understanding of over a dozen different jobs. This was a real informative and engaging presentation to get them thinking about these options as they move forward in life.”

While many of the careers require post graduate education, many involve on-the job training, such as phlebotomy or patient care tech. Twenty out of the 30 careers with the most growth in our country are in the healthcare industry, the presenters shared. 

“We want to make sure that our students are exposed to careers that lead to jobs,” said Kristin Mesick, coordinator of the College and Career Planning Center.

Through the Hudson Mohawk AHEC two-day program, presenters Adrienne Cross and Lisa Daily helped students learn about emerging careers in healthcare, complete an interest inventory and through classroom activities, discover post graduate pathways in health and science.