More than 600 students filled the Appalachian Wireless Arena in Pikeville on March 16 to learn about one thing: what healthcare careers and choices are there for them in our Eastern Kentucky mountains?
It was our third Healthcare Career Pathway Fair, presented by the Kentucky Department for Public Health and Kentucky Hospital Association.
It comes to no surprise just how important an event like this is for local high school students by the 19 schools from five different counties committing to bringing their students to be a part of it.
It was a jam-packed day filled with lectures from local hospitals. On one side of the arena, two speakers from King’s Daughter Medical Center discussed sports medicine and the importance of knowing what to do in case of an emergency while out on the field.
On another side of the arena, presenters from Appalachian Regional Hospital got to give students the chance to do a hands on activity on a variety of emergency procedures.
On the second floor, Pikeville Medical Center had several of their workers discuss the various occupations one could do in a hospital setting, from social workers to phlebotomy.
Students also had the chance to have one-on-one conversations during their networking hour with local hospitals, local healthcare workers and universities located within the Eastern Kentucky region. All in an effort to share about the numerous opportunities a student can do in the region.
Pike Central student Savannah Ratliff shared about her experience about attending the event:
We want to thank Pikeville Medical Center for providing students with their lunches.
During the event, SOAR got the chance to raffle off some popular items such as ipads, gift cards and other goodies to students in the crowd during a raffle. What a way to make a students day right?
We also want to thank the City of Pikeville Police Department, Pikeville City Fire Department, and Appalachian Wireless Arena for organizing and helping get students safely in and out of the building from their school buses!
You can see pictures from the event on our Facebook Album.
You can watch Mountain Top Media’s coverage of our event HERE.
You can also watch WYMT media coverage of our event HERE.