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First Health Science Employment Fair Welcomes Students

A group of women in blue scrubs stands in front of a whiteboard that says "Welcome to the employment fair."       A woman in a blue shirt fills out a form while two other women look on.


The Eastern Suffolk BOCES (ESBOCES) Adult Education Center welcomed health education students from across the district to a first-of-its-kind career fair. The Health Sciences Employment Fair was started to help connect students from across ESBOCES and The Academy of Applied Technology with local employers. The Academy is the Career and Technical Education Program of Eastern Suffolk BOCES and has schools in Oakdale, Bellport, and Riverhead.


Twenty vendors registered for the event, looking for candidates who could fill a variety of roles. Students in the programs of Practical Nursing, Nurse Assisting, Clinical Medical Assisting, Physical Therapy Aide, EKG, Phlebotomy, Medical Office Biller-Coder, and Dental Chairside Assisting were all invited to the fair.

“This is the first fair we’ve done here,” said Program Administrator for Health Sciences Debra Epilone, R.N. “We get phone calls from other agencies all the time looking for our students because they know how good they are. Finally, we decided to bring them together.”


The career fair gives an opportunity for these students to set up jobs after graduation that can turn into careers. In addition to job opportunities, three colleges, Adelphi University, Suffolk Community College, and Helene Fuld College of Nursing were all in attendance to talk to students about furthering their education in health sciences.


“Our goal is to set them up for the next step,” Debra Epilone said. “This career can help us get them there.”


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