Events held to highlight health care professions

Local demand in industry to increase 9 percent

LEWISTOWN — In an effort to draw more attention to health care careers, PA CareerLink of Mifflin County has announced a series of events this week.

With demographics shifting in the country as more and more baby boomers are growing older and living longer, demand for health care professionals is expected to grow exponentially in the coming decade.

The Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Corporation projects a 9 percent increase in the health care industry in Mifflin County. Currently, there are approximately 3,300 health care related jobs and by 2019 that number is expected to top 3,600. By comparison, all jobs in Mifflin County are projected to increase by 450, a 3 percent change within the same time frame.

According to the PA Association of Practical Nursing Administrators, 90 percent of LPN’s enjoy what they do. The average salary for LPN’s is $42,880.

Tomorrow, PA CareerLink will host a breakfast meeting from 9 to 10:30 a.m. for employers, where the guest speaker will give a talk on “Employee Wellness.”

The meeting is open to any employer interested in the topic. On Thursday, CareerLink will be offering a career fair with jobs and training programs in the morning, as well as in the afternoon when there will be free health screenings available to anyone who wishes to attend the career fair.

“People who are interested in going on to a health care career can take a free class we offer through February,” Business Consultant Cher Harpster said. “People do a lot better on the entrance exam when they take the class.”

People interested in taking the Healthcare Prep Course at PA CareerLink can call 248-4942 ext. 145 for more information or to register.

In addition, Brookline Manor in Mifflintown will hold a health and wellness fair from 1 to 3 p.m. on Wednesday. Space is limited so people are encouraged to RSVP by calling 436-2178 ext. 155.