Did you know that there’s currently a shortage of healthcare workers? According to the US Department of Labor, there are 203,200 open jobs for Registered Nurses projected yearly, with an estimated growth rate of 6 percent from 2021 to 2031. Registered Nurses are just one part of the healthcare system. There are also shortages of other essential healthcare workers.
Wilson Community College hosted an on-campus Allied Health Career Fair last year, and we’re gearing up to have another one on Thursday, January 26, from noon to 4:00 p.m. in the Frank L. Eagles Community Business Center.
Local healthcare agencies are invited to present to students currently enrolled in our Allied Health programs with career opportunities available in the area and the benefits of their respective organizations. And around 100 students from the College’s Associate Degree Nursing, Practical Nursing, Surgical Technology, Nurse Aide, Phlebotomy, and EMS programs are expected to attend the event. So this is a great opportunity to recruit soon-to-be graduates of these programs.
According to Becky Strickland, WCC Virtual Medical Center Coordinator and Nursing Instructor, “Students nearing graduation are often faced with the daunting task of deciding where to go for employment. With no shortage of employment opportunities, it can be difficult for students to narrow down their decisions. This event is a great opportunity for students to learn about different opportunities available to them and it helps our community partners recruit graduates to work in their agencies.”
Wilson Community College offers curriculum (degree) Allied Health programs, including an Associate’s Degree Nursing (ADN), Practical Nursing (PN), and Surgical Technology programs. In 2022, a total of 51 students graduated from these programs – 30 from ADN, 15 from PN, and six from Surg Tech.
These programs are very popular, and on average have full enrollment each Fall with a long waiting list. There’s a theory portion of coursework, as well as hands-on labs and clinical rotations occurring weekly. In addition to the curriculum programs, the College also offers 16-week continuing education courses for Nurse Aides I and II, Phlebotomy, EMS, and Pharmacy Technician.
Wilson Community College also has a career services page on our website, which is available to both students and agencies wanting to advertise career opportunities. The College utilizes the College Central Network, which is a career advancement network that provides students and employers with opportunities to connect. If you’d like more information about career services the College has to offer, give us a call at (252) 291-1195.
If your agency is interested in participating, or for more information about our Allied Health programs, contact a Wilson Community College Allied Health program advisor at AlliedHealth@wilsoncc.edu or (252) 246-1333. #WilsonCC We make Wilson work.
- January 10 – Fire Academy Graduation
- January 16 – College Closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
- January 26 – Allied Health Career Day