Students study options at Health Science Academy fair

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Nearly 130 ninth and 10th grade Health Science Academy students attended the recent Health Science Academy Career Fair, held in the Ed Emory Auditorium. Students from all five high schools attended and had the chance to see a variety of health careers.

The event was an informal event where students were encouraged to visit as many exhibitors as possible. Exhibitors provided information about their specific career areas through visuals, display boards, hands-on props and equipment, and handouts.

Several exhibitors represented graduates from Duplin County Schools who have returned to serve in their home communities.

“Students need to see that they can stay in Duplin County and that there are job opportunities in health care for them here,” said Debra Sholar, Health Science Academy coordinator. “As the healthcare industry focuses more on interdisciplinary teams, being more knowledgeable about other disciplines in the industry should benefit students, no matter what specific healthcare field they choose.”

All the healthcare partnering agencies with the Duplin Health Sciences Academy were in attendance, sharing information about job and volunteer opportunities as well as individual health career information. Sholar later noted how “students and exhibitors, alike, commented on how valuable this event was for both sides. Students understood that they may be working with some of these employers in the near future. We really want to thank all of the exhibitors who were involved for generously giving of their time.”

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