Mental Health Expo guide GCC students to new career paths

Behavioral Health Services and Counseling and Career Services organized the Mental Health Expo at Glendale Community College on Thursday, April 19. Many organizations had the chance to connect with students interested in jobs in healthcare and behavioral health. The event hosted leaders in the healthcare industry from all over the valley. Recruiters from companies like Arion Care Solutions, Terros Health and S.E.E.K Arizona were on hand to answer questions for students interested in health care professions. The large event was spread throughout the Student Union where students were also able to present research projects related to health care and wellness.

EMT students Danielle Tannehill, Chris Darling and Armando Morales promote the paramedic program at the Mental Health Fair April 19 (Glendale)

Some of the visiting companies offered a variety of services from rehabilitation to early childhood development and nursing. Recruiters were interested in meeting students from GCC because many of the students who have graduated from the school are successful in taking up professional roles in healthcare. The Arizona department of Economic Security and the Crisis Response Network, who also sponsored the event, were offering a variety of jobs.

For students interested in becoming involved with mental health, the Behavioral Health Sciences program at GCC provides students with the skills they need to deliver a wide range of behavioral health and social services.

Gina Weatherly is a professor in the Technology and Consumer Sciences department. She said, “The program prepares students to work with children and families who face challenges with development amongst other things.”

Other schools like Grand Canyon University and Midwestern University highlighted their mental health related programs and guided students on their transition from GCC to university.

American Medical Response was another business on campus. They are a private company that train and hire paramedics and emergency medical technicians. Training to be an EMT requires six months, while paramedics requires 18 months along with the original six. In addition to offering information for a career path, they were also demonstrating to GCC students the basics for Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Every second counts when it comes to survival rates. Integrity Allison, an employee for American Medical Response, said that the average response time is nine to 10 minutes. Events like these are valuable because they increase the survival rates.

“Were able to bring our knowledge to the community,” he said.

Cherissa Curtis, another American Medical Response employee, was a GCC alumnus. She had studied Paramedicine and graduated in 2014.

“Community outreach,” she said when speaking about the benefits of being at these events. “One thing for people to learn is a critical skill.”

Cherissa Curtis demonstrates to students CPR (Glendale).

Students who were interested in learning about contemporary issues in health care and human services had access to an array of integrated health fields during this event and were able to explore the dynamics of the industry in a community setting.


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