This February the Kentwood, Michigan campus of Ross Medical Education Center was invited to present at a career fair at Crossroads Alternative High School. Ross joined a number of other higher education facilities, such as Baker College, Grand Rapids Community College, and Davenport University, in the opportunity to speak to students about their futures.
Lori Davis, a Career Development Representative at the Kentwood campus, brought valuable information to students on how they could kickstart their career goals. She handed out brochures and discussed what is offered in the Grand Rapids area, including programs for Medical Assistant training, Dental Assistant training, Medical Insurance Billing and Office Administration training, Pharmacy Technician training, and Nursing Assistant training.
Before the career fair, students were able to sign up for the different areas of study in which they were interested. Each school had a designated classroom where they would present and students would rotate in and out of the class to continue learning about the different programs offered in that field. Davis met with plenty of students looking into becoming anything related to the healthcare field, from nursing assistants to doctors, and everything in between. The greatest interest was in medical assistant schools as many students found that as a stepping stone to further their education.
After the career fair, Davis stated that it was a very rewarding experience. After each session, she gave the students time to ask questions and express their concerns. “The students came in thinking school was not an option, especially regarding finances, but after the presentation they had more hope in their futures,” she said. Sharing all of the options and inviting them to come to the campus helped them to be one step closer to their goals. Davis hopes that Ross can continue to be involved with students and added, “education is something that can’t be taken from them.”