JWCC program offers information on health careers

By Herald-Whig
Posted: May. 11, 2018 12:01 am Updated: May. 11, 2018 11:20 pm

QUINCY -- John Wood Community College will be offering high school students with an interest in health care an introductory program providing insight into various job opportunities in the industry.

"The goal is to introduce students to different (health-related) careers and opportunities in the region," said Laura Kessel, assistant director for the Office of Regional Programs at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

Kessel said it is important for students showing an interest in health care to realize there are many career options beyond becoming doctors and nurses.

"There are plenty of opportunities out there," she said.

The idea behind JWCC's program is to allow participating high school students the chance to interact with area health care professionals and learn about their roles in the health care system. They also get an idea of job demands, potential salaries, programs of study leading to health careers, and advice for choosing classes.

Students also will take part in hands-on activities.

"All health care fields are growing," Kessel said.

JWCC is offering the program at three sites. The sites, times, dates and cost are:

º JWCC Quincy campus: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 11 and 12. Cost is $50. The campus is at 1301 S. 48th.

º JWCC Southeast Education Center: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 12. Cost is $30. The center is 2 miles north of Pittsfield on Ill. 54.

º JWCC Mount Sterling Education Center: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 15. Cost is $30. The center is at 108 N. Capitol Ave.

Kessel said this is the second year for the program. The initial offering attracted six to eight students at participating sites, a number she thinks will grow.

Health care partners participating include Quincy Medical Group, Chaddock, Adams County EMS, SIU Center for Family Medicine-Quincy, Blessing Hospital and public health agencies.

For more information, call JWCC at 217-641-4941 or email