West Shore Community College holds Nursing Career Day

SCOTTVILLE – Throughout the years West Shore Community College has become known as a higher learning institution that runs a first rate nursing program.

Nursing Career Day at West Shore Community College drew many people seeking information on career opportunities in the field of nursing. The annual event was sponsored by WSCC's Nursing and Allied Health Division, was held today in the college’s Tech Center Atrium.

Nursing Career Day at West Shore Community College drew many people seeking information on career opportunities in the field of nursing. The annual event was sponsored by WSCC’s Nursing and Allied Health Division, was held today in the college’s Tech Center Atrium.

However, something that sets WSCC apart from many other colleges is its ability to assist students in preparing for the next step, which is a career in the nursing field. For the past 20 years they have accomplished that task by holding a Nursing Career Day (NCD) that took place on Wednesday at the college.

The annual event is sponsored by West Shore Community College’ s Nursing and Allied Health Division and WSCC  director of nursing Shelley Boes said the Nursing Career Day continues to grow in size. She said it is also is geared toward giving students information on furthering their education or seeking out employment opportunities.

“This is the largest turnout that we have ever had,” said Boes. “We had 26 vendors today including educational institutions like Grand Valley State University and Ferris State University, Spring Arbor University, Davenport University, University of Michigan Flint and also area business like hospitals, long term care facilities, home health care facilities. We get a lot from Ludington, Manistee, Benzie, Wexford, Grand Traverse and  Oceana counties, but we also get them from Grand Rapids.”

Boes said both levels of WSCC’s nursing students take advantage of Nursing Career Day.

“We have Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) students and our Medical Assistant (MA) program is getting started so we would like them to attend as well,” said Boes. “All of those facilities and agencies are looking for CNA, MA and Licensed Practical Nurses and this career day is actually geared toward the second level students.”

She said it is a great opportunity for those second level students because they are nearing graduation.

“They came in this morning and got their graduation pictures taken and their (nursing) pinning took place,” said Boes. “They are all dressed up for that and then they go out with their resumes and talk to the employers. The students love it.”

Boes said Nursing Career Day really puts the finishing touch on their education.

“It really gives the students the chance to see what the employers offer as some even offer internships and things like that,” said Boes. “They tend to think it is going to be hospitals, but a lot of the vendors were not from hospitals. We even had the Oaks Correctional Facility here as they need health care as well.”

The event went well for both the students and the vendors, according to Boes.

“We even provide lunch after the event for the students and the vendors,” said Boes. “The vendors bring items for a raffle for the students and everyone had a good time.”

What the college also does, according to Boes, is seek feedback after the event from students and vendors on how they feel the event went and what they might like to see change in the future.

WSCC  nursing/criminal justice and dean of occupational programs administrative assistant Wanell Cabot said the feedback was positive.

“All the vendors had positive reviews as they said the time of the year was good and the number of students coming was good,” said Cabot. “We always provide them with good hospitality and they are happy with that and they are always happy with the number of students going through and are anxious to come back.”

Boes said some of the area agencies also responded that they like considering the WSCC students as future employees.

“It speaks highly of our students and we are very proud of them,” said Boes.

Cabot said now the 2018 event is done they will take the feedback information and look to the future.

“We will take that information and start planning for next year,” she said.

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Posted by Ken Grabowski

Ken is News Advocate’s education reporter. He coordinates coverage for all Manistee County schools and West Shore Community College. He can be reached by phone at (231) 398-3125 or by email at kgrabowski@pioneergroup.com.

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