*Health Care Open House introduces second career options *
People of all ages, from high school juniors to retirees, attended an Open
House at Panola College on Tuesday, March 29, to learn about health care
The Health Sciences Division of Panola College hosted a “Second Career Open
House” for community members who are interested in finding out more about
options for health careers. Participants toured the Health and Natural
Sciences Building, and visited simulation labs equipped with the latest
medical equipment. Academic and financial advisors were on hand to assist
people with degree plans and to provide information about how to apply and
register for classes.
“People sometimes think college is just for young people,” said Dr. Barbara
Cordell, Dean of Health Sciences at Panola College. “We have many students
who fit the non-traditional model of people who are older and who may have
decided to launch a new career, or change from their existing career to the
field of health care.”
In fact, medical careers offer higher pay and job security that appeal to
midlife career changers. Careers in health care also offer additional
benefits in terms of job satisfaction and personal fulfillment because of
the mission of helping people, according to Dr. Cordell.
A study by Johns Hopkins University revealed that 73 percent of health care
employees across the nation express satisfaction with their jobs, an almost
30 percent increase over other American workers.
Denise Welch, Panola College Director of Financial Aid, said determining
financial aid packages available to students must be handled on a
case-by-case basis. Some students may qualify for Pell Grant funding or
other scholarship opportunities. In addition, displaced workers may qualify
for funding through Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and
other types of job-retraining financial aid. The Texas Workforce Commission
(TWC) administers these programs. Interested individuals should visit their
local TWC office, or visit the website at http://www.twc.state.tx.us.
The health related programs offered at Panola College include Nursing
leading to LVN and RN, Occupational Therapy Assisting, Emergency Medical
Technician (Basic and Paramedic), Medical Laboratory Technician, Medical
Assistant, and Health Information Technology. Other certificates offered
through Continuing Education include Phlebotomy, EKG Technician, Dental
Technician, Massage Therapy, and Certified Nurse Aide.
For more information call 903-694-4000.