Area high school students attend A Health Careers and College Expo

BUCKHANNON — High school students representing nine schools from eight counties attended “A Health Careers and College Expo” at the Brushy Fork Event Center in Buckhannon on Friday, November 4. Students had the opportunity to visit exhibits, participate in hands-on activities and talk with representatives from technical schools, colleges and universities. Health care practitioners and students in health professional programs hosted Q&A sessions for the students as well.

Students in grades 9 through 12 attended from Braxton County High School, Buckhannon-Upshur High School, Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center, Gilmer County High School, Grafton High School, Fred Eberle Technical Center, Lewis County High School, Philip-Barbour High School and Pickens School.

Representatives attended from Alderson Broaddus University, Davis & Elkins College, Fairmont State University, Fairmont State University College of Nursing, Federal Bureau of Prisons FCI Gilmer, Glenville State University, Marshall University, Pierpont Community & Technical College, United Hospital Center School of Radiologic Technology, West Liberty University, West Liberty University Dental Hygiene, West Virginia State University, West Virginia Wesleyan College Athletic Training Program, Wheeling University, West Virginia University at Parkersburg, W.Va. AHEC Rural Community Health Scholars Program, WVU Institute for Community and Rural Health and the following from West Virginia University: Human Nutrition and Foods Programs, School of Dentistry, School of Medicine, Davis Michael Scholars Program, School of Public Health and School of Social Work.

This event was hosted by Northern West Virginia Rural Health Education Center, one of five regional Area Health Education Centers in West Virginia. The mission of the non-profit organization headquartered in Glenville and serving 23 counties is to train, recruit and retain health care professionals in underserved areas.