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WENATCHEE – Wenatchee Learns Connect, Wenatchee Valley College Allied Health Department and the University of Washington School of Dentistry have teamed up to offer Empowering Youth For Health Careers on Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Wenatchee Valley College.

The purpose of this one day career connected learning conference is to educate and inform middle and high school students from eastern Washington about various career options in the healthcare field, inspire them to pursue those pathways and believe that a career in healthcare is within their reach.

According to the US Department of Labor, employment of healthcare occupations is projected to grow 19 percent by 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations, adding about 2.3 million new jobs. Healthcare occupations will add more jobs than any other group of occupations. This growth is expected due to an aging population and because federal health insurance reform should increase the number of individuals who have access to health insurance.

Empowering Youth for Health Careers provides students with various hands-on workshops that give them a glimpse into the health professional field and helps them develop valuable professional skills. The various workshops will offer a casual and comfortable forum for youth to meet and interact with highly knowledgeable and respected healthcare leaders and University of Washington healthcare students from a variety of fields. Careers represented include dentistry, medicine, nursing, nursing assistant, lab technician and pharmacy technician.

The conference is free and open to all 6-12 grade students in eastern Washington. Registration is required and includes breakfast and lunch.

*Register online at http://bit.ly/empyouthfair. Space is limited to 150 attendees.

About Wenatchee Learns Connect

Wenatchee Learns Connect is the partnership center for the Wenatchee School District. The mission of Wenatchee Learns Connect is to tap the power of the whole community by connecting volunteers, coordinating career connected learning events and experiences, cultivating business-education partnerships and acting as a conduit between the community and Wenatchee Public Schools.

(By Diana Haglund)

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