UM News Service
MISSOULA – The Western Montana Area Health Education Center at the University of Montana will host 1st Shift, a one-day, entry-level health care career exposure program, Friday, Oct. 25, at Salish Kootenai College.
The program will take place from 9:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at SKC in Pablo. It is geared toward nontraditional students, displaced workers, veterans and students in gap years.
The WMT-AHEC advisory board developed 1st Shift after determining that the greatest immediate need for Montana’s small western rural hospitals is recruitment of qualified individuals to fill entry-level hospital and clinical positions. This event is held in collaboration with SKC and several Flathead Valley agencies and health care facilities.
The program will feature an entry-level health care employee panel with employers, and education roundtables focusing on job shadows, apprenticeships, available training, current job openings and financial assistance for education. Networking opportunities and lunch also will be provided.
Online registration is open until Friday, Oct. 18, at http://www.wmtahec.org/. Interested participants also may pick up an application at the Polson Job Service.
The Western Montana Area Health Education Center continues to work on strategies to connect students to careers, professionals to communities and communities to better health. The 1st Shift program serves as a model program for other Montana counties struggling to recruit and retain a health care workforce.
For more information call Lily Apedaile, program coordinator, at 406-243-7946.