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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Medical Journal 2011


Morning Sentinel


Medical careers are still a good choice for students dents are training to fill the gap. Surveys of recent admissions, enrollments and graduates reveal that medical careers continue to be a FAIRFIELD – Despite several years in a tough popular choice among new and non-traditional college economy, students continue to pursue medical careers, students. Educational institutions such as the commuand jobs are becoming increasingly available for a nity college in Fairfield are able to train and prepare wide range of graduates in the field of medicine. these students and help them find work. It was not long ago that there was a shortage of “The numbers of applications continues to be pretty medical professionals, which led staff at hospitals and consistent after the last two to three years, and we other health care facilities to recruit employees and have a very qualified applicant pool,” said Barbara encourage students to pursue medical careers. Woodlee, president of Kennebec Valley Community However, when the recession hit, that surplus of avail- College. able jobs disappeared and some professionals who The college continues to offer a broad selection of were employed even faced layoffs. health-related courses, including some that cannot be But times have changed. And whether it is a found elsewhere in Maine, she said. In total, there a rebounding economy, the growing population of aging 15 programs in the allied health field, ranging from baby boomers, or a combination of factors, the nursing and respiratory therapy to phlebotomy and demand for employees in the health field is increasradiologic technology. ing, according to some college leaders. “We offer the only two-year occupational therapy Nurses with longevity are getting ready to retire program in the state,” Woodlee said, noting the coland those vacancies will need to be filled. At Kennebec Valley Community College in Fairfield, stuMore on CAREERS, Page 61 BY KRIS FERRAZZA Correspondent


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