Over 60 EKY High School Students Attend Healthcare Careers Conference

Over 60 EKY High School Students Attend Healthcare Careers Conference

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RISK, Ky. (WYMT) – Students had the opportunity to explore seven different healthcare career paths at the University of the Mountains (UCM) Healthcare Conference at Hazard Community and Technical College.

“They have to pick their top three to attend and they just keep rotating,” said UCM’s Tammy Duff.

More than 60 high school students from Perry Central, Hazard, Buckhorn and Cordia participated. Students had a choice of nursing, physician assistant, medical laboratory science, pharmacy, physical therapy, dentistry, and medical school.

“I think pharmacy has been very popular,” she said. “They actually had to make a pill, they said.”

The conference helped students determine the career they were most interested in and find out which ones they disliked as much as others.

“Learn what you need,” said Helen Brunty with UCM. “Give you a track to stay on so you get the classes you need, so you don’t waste your financial aid.”

Pam Cornett of UK’s North Fork Valley Community Health Center in Hazard is a practice manager and dental hygienist. At the conference, she spoke with students who were interested in dentistry.

“I think the most important thing to do is to instill the fact that anything is doable,” she added.

She said there is a need for dentists, especially in our area, and she said she wants to see students who leave for college come home to work.

“Our people trust our people, they trust our people, so they are more comfortable with our people,” she added.

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