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Naples High School Students Learn About Florida Gulf Coast University Health Profession Programs
4/30/2001

FORT MYERS, FL - Fifty high school students will learn about how they can prepare to fill the growing need for health care professionals through the many programs in the Florida Gulf Coast University College of Health Professions. The Barron Collier High School sophomore, junior and senior students who are interested in health professions will be on campus Friday, May 11 to learn about the educational opportunities at FGCU to prepare them to fill the ever- growing need for health professionals.Statewide there are 5,100 openings in the nursing field alone. In Southwest Florida there are over 900 position vacancies in the health care industry with the majority of them in the nursing and allied health fields. At this rate, we could experience a crisis in the near future, especially in the areas of nursing, clinical laboratory science, radiological technology, imaging science and pharmacy.Dean of the College of Health Professions, Dr. Cecelia Rokusek, was recently interviewed on public radio station WGCU-FM Regional Outlook program. This was the impetus that motivated Raymond Baker, Barron Collier High School Principa,l who heard the program to expose his students to all the health programs available for them at FGCU. Beth Murray in the School of Nursing had been approached previously at a Naples Red Cross Health Fair by Don Fowell who coordinated the Barron Collier High School Medical Academy, and Murray was pleased to accommodate this request.Dr. Cecelia Rokusek serves as the coordinator of health programs. Beth Murray can be reached at the University, (941) 590-7510 for more information about the tour. As an accredited comprehensive public university, FGCU addresses the higher educational needs of Southwest Florida and provides a learning-centered environment that offers high quality educational opportunities for the general public, such as hosting high school students who want to learn more about the opportunities in the health professions., Fifty Naples High School students will learn about how they can prepare to fill the growing need for health care professionals through the many programs in the Florida Gulf Coast University College of Health Professions., FORT MYERS, FL - Fifty high school students will learn about how they can prepare to fill the growing need for health care professionals through the many programs in the Florida Gulf Coast University College of Health Professions. The Barron Collier High School sophomore, junior and senior students who are interested in health professions will be on campus Friday, May 11 to learn about the educational opportunities at FGCU to prepare them to fill the ever- growing need for health professionals.

Statewide there are 5,100 openings in the nursing field alone. In Southwest Florida there are over 900 position vacancies in the health care industry with the majority of them in the nursing and allied health fields. At this rate, we could experience a crisis in the near future, especially in the areas of nursing, clinical laboratory science, radiological technology, imaging science and pharmacy.

Dean of the College of Health Professions, Dr. Cecelia Rokusek, was recently interviewed on public radio station WGCU-FM Regional Outlook program. This was the impetus that motivated Raymond Baker, Barron Collier High School Principa,l who heard the program to expose his students to all the health programs available for them at FGCU. Beth Murray in the School of Nursing had been approached previously at a Naples Red Cross Health Fair by Don Fowell who coordinated the Barron Collier High School Medical Academy, and Murray was pleased to accommodate this request.

Dr. Cecelia Rokusek serves as the coordinator of health programs. Beth Murray can be reached at the University, (941) 590-7510 for more information about the tour.

As an accredited comprehensive public university, FGCU addresses the higher educational needs of Southwest Florida and provides a learning-centered environment that offers high quality educational opportunities for the general public, such as hosting high school students who want to learn more about the opportunities in the health professions.

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