Healthcare careers to be focus of Saturday seminar

PLATTSBURGH An educational seminar this weekend will focus opportunities in the North Country to pursue a career in healthcare. The North Country Workforce Investment Board will host Careers in Healthcare this Saturday, Oct. 20, at CVPH Medical Center, 75 Beekman St., from 9 a.m. to noon. Information from local health care facilities and agencies regarding healthcare careers will be provided, in addition to information on educational programs available in the greater Plattsburgh area. Elaine Reynolds, a staff manager for Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Rouses Point, heads up the committee which organized this Saturdays event. The seminar, Ms. Reynolds said, is being held in response to an annual report conducted by the Workforce Investment Board to determine which careers are in high demand in Clinton, Essex, Franklin and Hamilton counties. The report revealed areas where there was a demand for employees and where we have gaps, said Ms. Reynolds. We put this together to get the word out there are careers available in this field, theyre available here and we have the educational programs here to support them. There really is a need across the board, in so many capacities, Ms. Reynolds added in relation to the various aspects of the healthcare field. Many people are just not fully aware of all the opportunities in their own backyard. In order to provide potential job-seekers with the information to affirm their decision whether or not to pursue a career in healthcare, a panel was assembled with more than a dozen representatives from businesses in the field and educational institutions, which will host a question and answer session and tour of the hospital. Businesses and institutions participating in this Saturdays seminar include Meadowbrook Health Care, Behavioral Health Services North, Champlain Valley Educational Services, SUNY Empire State College and the nursing services, radiology and school of radiology, rehabilitation and sports medicine, dental clinic departments of CVPH Medical Center. A second one-day seminar will be held Saturday, Nov. 10, at OneWorkSource, 194 U.S. Oval. Two topics of discussion geared toward adult job-seekers will focus on changing careers, rethinking retirement and returning to school. Too Young to Retire will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m., presented by Hope Coryer, president of staffing, consulting and training firm, ETS. The session will include advice and tips for those not quite ready to retire. Returning to School: Choices for Working Adults will be held from 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., by presenters Vicky Slaon, Carl Chilson and Peter Grosskopf, with Clinton Community College. The session will focus on options available to adults in need of flexible education schedules. All seminars are free and open to the public. No registration is required. Plans are already in the works for seminars to be held next year regarding careers in aerospace and emerging technologies. For more information about any of the seminars being offered by the North Country Workforce Investment Board, contact Lisa Straight, 561-4295, ext. 3071.

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