Career Expo Draws 1,400 Students for Healthcare Focus
Liberty North High School students (from left) Emma Perry, Lauren Hinnenkamp, Aubrey Petty and Angelique Ibe were among more than 1,400 students attending a Healthcare Career Expo Friday, Oct. 4, at the Metropolitan Community College Business and Technology Campus.
Sponsored by the Northland Education and Business Alliance (NEBA), the event provided opportunities for high school students to meet with dozens of healthcare professionals in the diverse field.
That variety of healthcare careers stood out to four Liberty North High School students who were among those at the day-long event. Emma Perry, Lauren Hinnenkamp, Aubrey Petty and Angelique Ibe also saw individual areas that appealed to them individually.
“I was really impressed with Saint Luke’s and their nursing program,” Perry said of one of nearly 100 stations. “Everything in school is related to nursing; even English!”
Hinnenkamp focused on pharmacy, a field she’s interested in because of its blend of skills. “It’s kind of between a doctor and a nurse,” she said. “I like that.”
Petty was drawn to a six-year medical program at the University of Kansas City. “I’ve always wanted to be a general surgeon,” she explained. “That would be a good program for me.”
Ibe was impressed with an interactive display on arthroscopy surgery that allowed students to use the small-incision instruments to “operate.” “I’ve seen it in videos before, but this was really different,” she said. “You could actually try out the equipment.”
Founded by the Clay County Economic Development Council, NEBA sponsors multiple education and workforce events throughout the year as a way to better link educators, students and employment opportunities. Although most of the 1,4000 students represented high schools in Clay and Platte counties, others . For more information on NEBA, call (816) 468-4989 or visit www.northlandschools.com.