Students get first-hand experience in medical field

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CONCORD, NH (October 2021) – Twenty-four high school students from the Concord Regional Technical Center (CRTC) will gain work experience in the field of orthopedic technology through a unique Orthopedic Technology Career Pathways program. Funded by grants from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, and offered by NHTI-Concord’s Community College, this program offers hands-on experience in a high-demand field. This year’s program began with a special event, organized by the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce, for students to meet and ask questions to industry leaders.

The Career Pathways kick-off event was held at HRKNSScowork’s state-of-the-art conference space. Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce president, Tim Sink, welcomed this year’s class of orthopedic students, and facilitated a panel of five distinguished speakers: Beth Slepian, President/CEO of Granite VNA; Michael Palmieri, President/CEO, and Linda Sheehy, Vice President of Human Resources, of Havenwood Heritage Heights; Tracie Ruggles, RN-MSN-ONC, Nurse Educator, of Dartmouth-Hitchcock. The speakers discussed career opportunities for Certificate and Associate degree graduates, and expressed their excitement at meeting a room of dedicated young medical professionals.

To participate in this program, students must be enrolled in the Medical Terminology course at CRTC. This is one of many courses in CRTC’s Health Science program, which allows high school juniors and seniors to earn college credits, certifications and gain valuable work experience. Program graduates achieve higher education degrees faster than other students, and have a deep understanding of the career they are entering. They also build a professional network in the region, which allows them to easily find jobs and other opportunities in the area.

The Orthopedic Technology Career Pathways program is presented by Concord Orthopaedics, the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce and NHTI-Concord’s Community College. To learn more about this opportunity and CRTC’s other educational programs for high school students, visit thecrtc.org. Learn more about NHTI’s Orthopaedic Technology program by visiting nhti.edu/orthopaedic-technology-courses.

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Incorporated in 1919, New Hampshire's state capital chamber of commerce—the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce—develops economic opportunities, strengthens the business climate, and enhances quality of life in the Capital region. The largest chamber in the state, it is deeply invested in the local community and dedicated to shaping competitive economic development strategy, advocating for policies and projects that benefit the region, and promoting Concord as a culturally vibrant visitor destination. For more information, please visit concordnhchamber.com.

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