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Exploring Health Careers

What:   Health Career Fair

When:  Friday, October 14, 2011, 8:30 – 1:30 (best time may be in the 9 – 10 hour)

Where:  Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital, 450 E. Romie Lane, Medical History Museum

Join us on Friday morning as approximately 60 – 70 high school students visit Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital to learn about various healthcare careers.  This is the first in a series of three county-wide health fairs taking place at SVMH, CHOMP, and NMC.  Information below from County of Monterey, Workforce Investment Board:


Hospital Allied Health & Nursing Career Exploration Fairs

Salinas, CA – On Friday, October 14, 2011, the first of three Monterey County Allied Health and Nursing career exploration fairs kicks off 

Mission Trails Regional Occupation Program and Hartnell College have collaborated with the Monterey County Workforce Investment Board, Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula (CHOMP), Natividad Medical Center, Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System (SVMHS) and Clinica de Salud del Valle de Salinas, to host three, allied health and nursing career exploration fairs targeting underserved high school students throughout Monterey County. 

Funding, through the Career Technical Education Community Collaborative Grant (CTE), a partnership between Hartnell College and Mission Trails ROP, has allowed for the coordination of students, transportation and food for each event.

Each hospital will host approximately 60 to 70 high school students, to include clinical staff of different allied health departments and nursing to present information about career opportunities, educational requirements and compensation. Tours will be given at each hospital. Representatives from Clinica de Salud will attend each career fair along with allied health and nursing representatives from Cabrillo College, Hartnell College and Monterey Peninsula College.

The career fairs are scheduled to take place as follows:

  • SVMHS: Friday, October 14, 2011 from 8:30am-1:30pm
  • CHOMP: Monday, October 24, 2011 from 8:30am-1:30pm
  • Natividad: Tuesday, December 6, 2011 from 8:30am-1:30pm

With ‘baby boomers’ retiring, our state’s population increasing and becoming more diverse, and the influx of newly insured patients, California and our region must have a pipeline of culturally competent, allied health workers in place to meet an increased demand for services.

Allied health professions are careers other than nursing or medicine (doctors) that require some form of post-secondary education.

Too often high school health career hopefuls are focused on becoming pediatricians or nurses while the allied health occupations are not within their interest levels; as a result, the nursing department is inundated while most students are not even aware of viable alternative health careers. High school teachers have to be advised to offer an objective overview of all opportunities in health care, many which can be obtained at a two-year college, rather than emphasizing physicians and nurses.

Statistics provided by the California Department of Finance, the California Hospital Association and the California Endowment underscore the need to develop an allied health workforce that will be able to provide quality, appropriate care to our state, region and county’s increasingly diverse patient population.


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