Health Careers Fair held in Birdtown

by Apr 18, 2012Front Page, NEWS ka-no-he-da0 comments




      A Geiger counter beeps and registers a radioactive signature as Levi Mines runs a common lantern wick under the device.  But, don’t worry, Mines wasn’t part of a radioactive clean-up and it wasn’t a science fiction movie. 

Levi Mines, an Environmental Health student at WCU, demonstrates a Geiger counter at a health careers fair held on Wednesday, April 18 at the Birdtown Recreation Center. (SCOTT MCKIE B.P./One Feather photos)

     The Western Carolina University student is part of the Environmental Health program in the College of Health & Human Sciences, and he was part of a health careers fair held in the Birdtown Recreation Center on Wednesday, April 18.  Representatives from the various health fields covered in the college were on hand to answer questions by community members and prospective students. 

     “It’s great to be able to expose people and students to the health field, commented Dr. Marie Huff, Department of Social Work association dean.  “There’s still work available in the health fields.” 

     Dr. Huff said that there are currently around 1,400 undergraduate and 200 graduate students in the health programs in the College of Health & Human Sciences. 

     She said WCU worked with various HOSA programs at area high schools in organizing Wednesday’s event.  “They really wanted to expose their students to health occupations.” 

Frances Hess, Cherokee High School HOSA teacher, chats with Candice Walsh, a MSW student at WCU, during Wednesday's event.

The College currently offers the following undergraduate programs:  Athletic Training, Communications Sciences and Disorders, Emergency Medical Care, Environmental Health, Nursing, Nutrition and Dietetics, Recreational Therapy, Social Work, and Pre-Professional.  It also offers the following graduate programs:  Communications Sciences and Disorders, Health Sciences, Nursing, Physical Therapy, and Social Work. 

     In addition to the College of Health & Human Sciences, the Health Fair was also sponsored by the EBCI Health & Medical Division and the WCU Cherokee Center.             

     For more information on the WCU College of Health & Human Sciences, contact (828) 227-7476 or visit

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