POTEAU–The Carl Albert State College Division of Health Sciences held its Fifth Annual Employment and Education Fair on Wednesday.
CASC Director of Nursing Lois Gotes said the event is for those students who are currently enrolled in the CASC Nursing, PTA, and RADT programs.
According to Gotes, hosting a job fair for students was originally presented back in 2007 by Assistant Director of Nursing at the time, Donnell Richison.
“We would receive multiple requests each year from agencies and college representatives wanting to speak to our students about employment and additional educational opportunities,” Gotes said. “Because it is next to impossible to find time for separate meeting times, having it all at once really works well.
“It began as an event just for nurses, but then expanded to include our PTA and RADT students.”
Gotes explained that Richison’s vision for the event has turned into a win-win for faculty, students and agencies.
“Unfortunately, Donnell did not get to participate in her vision because she passed away a few months after the first fair took place in 2007,” Goes said. “However, we continue to credit her for the forward thinking to help create this very successful event.”
A total of 38 of the CASC health science students attended this year’s fair. Three universities and 13 health agencies participated at the event to inform students about the opportunities available following graduation from CASC.
Agencies in attendance included health departments, home health agencies, nursing homes, and major hospitals from the surrounding areas and as far away as Oklahoma City.
“It is rewarding to see the interest in our students shown by the universities and agencies,” she said. “And it is also fun to look around the room and see that some of the representatives of the participants are CASC alumni of our Health Sciences programs, and they are now here recruiting our current students.”