“Hot Jobs: Healthcare Needs You” Job Fair and Hands-on Learning Event

(February 15, 2016) - Long term care and other healthcare providers in our region have a growing need for trained medical professionals.  To provide opportunities for individuals who want to pursue a career in the healthcare field, a “Hot Jobs: Healthcare Needs You” event is being offered at South Central College, 1920 Lee Boulevard in North Mankato on Wednesday, February 24. Everyone invited to attend the event anytime between 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. to learn about area healthcare employment and education opportunities by visiting with area employers and participating in hands-on learning stations.

The following organizations have joined forces to host this impactful event: Rasmussen College, Ecumen Pathstone Living, Lakeview Methodist Health Services, Madelia Community Hospital and Clinic, Mayo Clinic Health System, South Central Service Cooperative, South Central Workforce Council, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development,  Minnesota Workforce Center, Minnesota Valley Action Council, LeSueur Henderson High School, Sibley East High School, St. Clair Public School, Mankato Area Public Schools and South Central College.

This event will provide community members from high school through retirement age an exciting hands-on opportunity to learn more about in-demand careers as a Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN), Patient Care Assistant (PCA), and Nursing Assistant, Registered (NA,R) (frequently referred to Certified Nursing Assistant or CNA). The vital and rewarding role of these professions will be explored and information on training and educational options will be presented. Attendees will also learn about support in the form of scholarships and financial aid to assist individuals in pursuing these much needed vocations from both South Central College and Rasmussen.

The healthcare profession needs people of all ages to make a positive difference in the lives of others. Recently, almost 50% of the care centers in Minnesota had delays in admitting residents because of the need for these caregivers (Source: Long Term Care Imperative: 2015 Legislative Session). With the aging Baby Boom Generation and implementation of the Affordable Care Act, demand for these skills will continue to expand in the coming years. Communities across Minnesota are working hard to address this crucial need.