UM Connects Students, Alumni with Professional Health Career Opportunities

September 17, 2019

MISSOULA – As the demand for health services increases, health care organizations face challenges recruiting and retaining workers. Missoula College will offer an opportunity for employers to hire highly skilled caregivers trained at the University of Montana during an upcoming career fair.

The Health Professions Career Fair and Expo will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, at Missoula College. The event is hosted by the UM Office of Experiential Learning and Career Success, Missoula College and the Western Montana Area Health Education Center.

“Part of Missoula College’s mission is to support workforce development, and the health field presents enormous challenges in recruiting and retaining workers,” said Dan Funsch, Missoula College interim associate dean and Department of Health Professions chair. “Our Health Professions Career Fair and Expo introduces our students to employers and gives the organizations a chance to meet and recruit the best and brightest of our students.”

The career fair portion runs from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Fair registration is open to all organizations recruiting UM students and alumni for nursing, radiologic technology, medical information technology and other entry-level health care positions.

Additionally, high school students from around the region will attend from noon to 2:30 p.m. to learn about Missoula College and health care careers. This portion of the expo features hands-on activities provided by UM faculty and community health care professionals.

“Students know about doctors and nurses, but they don’t always realize there are a wide variety of other health care fields to explore – many of which only require an associate’s degree,” Funsch said. “This event introduces high school students to the great breadth of opportunity in today’s evolving world of health care.”

Employers can register online by signing into the Handshake portal at

For more information call Mani Stubbs, Health Professions Career Fair and Expo organizer, at 406-243-6830 or email


Contact: Mani Stubbs, Health Professions Career Fair and Expo organizer, 406-243-6830,