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10/5/2012

Health care career fair coming up next week

Health care career fair coming up next week

By The Telegram

A total of 10 to 20 health care employers and training providers will be on hand at the second yearly Garden City Community College Health Care Career Fair, set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 12 in the Penka Building of Practical Arts and Sciences and the adjacent Erdene Corley Simulation Lab.

The fair, hosted by the GCCC Nursing and Allied Health Department, offers opportunities for southwest Kansans hoping to enter or move up in the fast-growing career area of health care. Those who attend can connect with potential employers, learn about job requirements, and get information on the education and training necessary to qualify for a variety of positions.

GCCC Allied Health Coordinator Sarah Wells said that in addition to the community college, the fair would include representation from hospitals, schools, nursing homes and other medical facilities in Garden City, Larned, Tribune, Ulysses and additional western Kansas communities.

The demand for health care workers is apparent in a recent report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, which projected that 20 million new health care jobs will be created by the end of 2020, with growth projected in 88 specific medical jobs.

In addition to booths and information from various businesses and organizations in the health care field, the day will include door prizes, vendor give-aways, strong networking opportunities and live demonstrations of robotic patient simulators.

The GCCC Allied Health Program offers programs for people planning to become certified nurse aides or geriatric aides, certified medication aides, phlebotomy technicians or pharmacy technicians. Periodically, the college also provides programs for people to qualify as rehabilitative aides or home health aides. In addition, GCCC offers a partnership program, based in Liberal at Seward County Community College, for southwest Kansans who want to work in respiratory therapy.

Public attendance at the career fair is free and no advance registration or reservations are necessary. Job seekers should use the south entrance of the Corley Lab.

Grant to support Kansas ICAC task force

WICHITA — A $273,810 grant from the U.S. Justice Department will help support the Kansas Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom announced.

The grant to the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Department is aimed at expanding the task force's work.

"Protecting children from sexual predators who prowl the Internet is a top priority," Grissom said.

The Grant From the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention will help pay for the ICAC Task Force to assist more local law enforcement agencies. It also will support the ICAC's Task Force's goal to focus more training and resources on the growing problem of minor sex trafficking.

The ICAC Task Force in Wichita works in cooperation with the Wichita-Sedgwick County Exploited and Missing Child Unit.

For more information about the grant, call the Office of Justice Program's Office of Communications at 202-307-0703.

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