Nearly 400 students from grades 5-12 attended the Mille Lacs Area Health Career Fair for Isle, Onamia, and Nay-Ah-Shing Tribal School in Onamia Friday, April 1. A portion of the fair was open to the public as well for health screenings. “This was a great opportunity for students to experience interactive and educational materials to encourage pursuing a career in the health services,” said Mary Sam, CLC director of diversity. The students received information about a variety of occupations related to health care from the people who work in the areas of mental and physical health, law enforcement, education, chemical dependency, counseling, and human services. Fair contributors with booths included Central Lakes College (Nursing, Dental, Medical Assisting and Admissions), Mille Lacs Health System, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, American Indian Center, St. Cloud State University, Onamia Community Education, Mn Green Corps, Rum River Health Services, Healthy Brains for Children, Mille Lacs County Sheriff, Onamia Fitness Center, Onamia Public Schools, and College of St. Scholastica. The event was co-sponsored by Central Lakes College, the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, and the Mille Lacs Health System. A HealthForce Minnesota grant awarded to CLC Customized Training and the Office of Diversity funded this event. Jean Mershon of CLC was a coordinator of the event.
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