Getting exposed to health care jobs

AUSTIN, Minn. – Much of the population is aging and as they do the need for qualified health care workers is growing.

So Riverland Community College in Austin took the day to show people what it is like to work in the medical field.

“More people are getting elderly, there’s going to be a greater need for health care workers. People are retiring, but then they’re also going to need health care, so we’re really on the point of almost a crisis on some level of having enough skilled workers,” said Amy Wangen with Riverland Training and Development.

They reached out to those who are unemployed or underemployed, or even just those looking for a change of pace.

“It’s not just to be a doctor or a nurse, that there are other areas and if they have other skill sets or enjoy doing different types of things and think that health care wouldn’t be for them, it may not necessarily be true because the health care industry needs all types of people,” Wangen said.

She said people came from Rochester, Owatonna, Albert Lea and many of the surrounding communities to take part in the free workshop.

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