Programs

APRIL 2015

SJR State hosts Health Careers Day

Health Careers Fair
Health Careers Fair
Health Careers Fair
Health Careers Fair

St. Johns River State College’s Workforce Services Department Career Transitions Program recently hosted the College’s second Health Services Career Fair. The event welcomed 25 health service organizations which met and interacted with students aspiring to find a career in the field. The fair concluded with a human resources panel discussion, where members from six different health organizations spoke in-depth about the interviewing and hiring process while also answering student questions.

The event was sponsored by the Orange Park Medical Center. “OPMC and SJR State have had a strong partnership for many years, and we didn’t hesitate to support this event,” said Kathy Hester, chief nursing officer for OPMC, who served on the discussion panel. “Many of our staff received their education foundation at SJR State and we know the quality of the students personally. We believe that our partnership and events such as these assist the hospital with meeting our mission to provide quality care in the communities we serve.”

The HR panel also included Barbara Webb from the Putnam Community Medical Center, Katie Pickett from the Baptist Clay Medical Campus, Terri Easterling from St. Vincent’s Healthcare, Charlie Robinson from Parallon Business Performance Group and Ron Stanley from Allegro Senior Living.

Hester stressed the importance of events like the career fair and HR panel. “We know our future workforce will come from the current students of today,” she said. “As a health care partner, we feel it’s our duty to support training and education . . . I was pleased to see the energy and enthusiasm of the students attending the event and appreciated their interest and questions.”

Christina Renner, an SJR State student earning her Associate in Science degree in Health Information Technology, spoke of her experience at the event. “The job fair was great because I got to meet very informative professionals and make connections,” Renner said. “For me, the HR panel was the highlight of the day. It gave insight into the application process and what goes into it. The panel was so open and comfortable, which encouraged me to ask more questions. I walked away from this event with a better knowledge of how to make my application stand out when I apply for a job in the health services field.”

George Brownett of SJR State’s Career Transitions Program was pleased with the overall turnout and students’ positive responses. “Students shared with me after the event how much it helped to have a connection with the employers and that they felt more positive about marketing their job skills,” he said. “In my role, I get to work regularly with our students in developing their resumes and job interview skills, so observing all of our students relating professionally and interacting with the employers was the best part of my day.”

The Career Transitions Program is supported by the Job Ready, Willing and Able Initiative, which is funded by the Walmart Foundation and led by the American Association of Community Colleges.

Organizations that participated in the event include Adam Acres, All Care Home Nursing Services, Allegro Senior Living, the Baptist Clay Medical Campus, Century Ambulance Service, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, Family Life Care, Home Instead Senior Care, Jacksonville University, Liberty Ambulance Service, Life University, the Orange Park Medical Center, the Putnam Community Medical Center, Saint Leo University, SMA Behavioral Healthcare, St. Vincent’s Healthcare, UF Health, the University of Florida, College of Pharmacy, the University of North Florida and the University of Phoenix.

SJR State’s Workforce programs include more than 10 Associate in Science degrees and certificates in the health care field. The Allied Health area of study offers A.S. degrees in Health Information Technology, Health Services Management, Office Administration- Medical Office, Radiologic Technology and Respiratory Care.

College credit certificates offered are Emergency Medical Technician, Paramedic, Health Care Services and Medical Office Management and Support. The Nursing area offers the Associate in Science and Bachelor of Science degrees in Nursing.

For more information contact Workforce Services at (386) 312-4259 or visit the website at http://www.sjrstate.edu/workforce.html .


PHOTO CAPTIONS:

The Orange Park Medical Center, sponsor of the Health Careers Day, meets with students in the careers fair event as well as the human resources discussion panel.

Experts in the field of health services provide advice for aspiring SJR State students. The University of Phoenix is one of 25 organizations participating in the event.

Human resource panelist Charlie Robinson from the Parallon Business Performance Group answers questions from interested SJR State students, including Christina Renner [center, second from left].

[From left to right] Barbara Webb from the Putnam Community Medical Center, Katie Pickett from the Baptist Clay Medical Campus, Kathy Hester from the Orange Park Medical Center, Terri Easterling from St. Vincent’s Healthcare, Charlie Robinson from Parallon Business Performance Group and Ron Stanley from Allegro Senior Living serve as panelists for the human resources discussion panel.