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Greenfield Community College to Host Health Career Exploration Fair on May 2

GREENFIELD — On Thursday, May 2, Greenfield Community College (GCC) will hold a Health Career Exploration Fair from 5 to 7 p.m. in the East Building at One College Drive, Greenfield.

The event welcomes anyone who is interested in exploring GCC’s healthcare certificate and degree programs and pursuing careers as certified nursing assistants or home health aides, emergency medical technicians, medical assistants, paramedics, registered nurses, or licensed practical nurses.

“Each of the healthcare areas will be highlighted in their own space,” said Laura Earl, GCC’s Health Occupations Admission coordinator. “Students will get a feel for what each program is like and can explore whatever area appeals to them at their own pace.”

Prospective students will be able to speak with the health programs’ expert faculty members and current practical nursing students. To get a feel for what students experience, they will have the opportunity to try out educational devices in the state-of-the-art learning labs, including patient-simulation mannequins and zSpace augmented-reality learning tools. Additionally, attendees who may be mid-career professionals interested in career changes or advancement in their fields can learn more about financial aid, nursing scholarships, and whether they qualify for a free community-college education through MassReconnect.

“This is going to be a hands-on, high-energy evening — the opportunity to understand in-depth the degree programs that we offer and to try out what you’re going to be doing in these programs,” said Patrick Tanner, interim dean of Enrollment Management.

Registration for the GCC Health Career Exploration Fair at gccfor.me/gcc-health is encouraged.