Professional Healthcare Networking Mixer to be held at Penn Highlands Elk

By: 
Brian Stockman
Staff Writer

The Community Education Center of Elk and Cameron Counties and Penn Highlands Elk are once again offering a Professional Healthcare Networking Mixer to college students and senior high school students pursuing careers in healthcare. The event will be held Jan. 3, 2019 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Students must RSVP by Dec. 21 to slmeyer2@phhealthcare.org.
Allie Grier and her mother, Dawn Gier, who attended the event last year, said the evening began with a panel of Penn Highlands professionals who discussed their specialty, career path, and education advice for the attendees.
The panel included individuals who worked in nursing, anesthesiology, pharmacy, therapy, radiology, physicians, physician assistants, and administration. Several panel members spoke highly of their love for working in a rural setting. Many of them grew up in the area and wanted to return to take care of the people they know and love. They stressed that you won’t find this in the big hospitals and it is a pleasure not only working with people you know but taking care of people you know.
Job shadowing was an opportunity area many panelists recommended. Students were also encouraged to find opportunities to work throughout their education and to not be afraid to ask questions. Students learned of the opportunities at Penn Highlands Elk that include loan forgiveness programs, sign-on bonuses, and summer job opportunities. Following the discussions, students were given time to network with the panel of professionals.
"They said they were particularly interested in nursing students and gave out a specialty information bag that listed how to apply for job opportunities with Penn Highland, including staff contact information," said Allie.
Dawn said, "It was a great event for people interested in the health care field, and it should not be missed."
The Community Education Center of Elk and Cameron Counties has been facilitating credit, non-credit, and enrichment programming for local community members since 1991. Each year, more than 1,200 enrollments in credit, non-credit, and enrichment courses are made possible through the CEC’s offerings. Almost 600 certification exams are delivered annually, and hundreds of meetings are hosted and/or facilitated at the CEC.

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