Regional Healthcare Leaders Convene at Prince George’s Community College to Discuss Projected Employment Surge

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Article by: Artelia C. Gillam

LARGO, Md.According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment career growth for those in the healthcare field will grow significantly between 2010 and 2020. Job opportunities are expected to grow by 26 percent for registered nurses, 32 percent for pharmacy technicians, 28 percent for radiologic technologists and 33 percent for emergency medical technicians.

To address the marketplace demand for training students in a wide range of healthcare careers, Prince George’s Community College, in collaboration with Goodwill of Greater Washington, will host several regional healthcare leaders on its Largo campus August 17, 2017 from 8-10:30 a.m. to examine critical skill requirements and talent pipeline needed to address the projected employment surge. 

The leaders, which include Dimensions Healthcare System, Medstar Health, Georgetown University Hospital, Howard University Hospital, Associated Black Charities, and Prince George’s Economic Development Corporation; will also discuss strategies to meet the collective business needs of the industry. 

“The college is excited to host these healthcare leaders and organizations on our campus,” said Yvette Snowden, Associate Vice President of Workforce Development and Continuing Education. “It is my hope that more conversations will be had about the many ways the college can assist the community we serve in addressing workforce development needs.”

Snowden also added that the college boasts the Center for Health Studies, a 100,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility, which opened to the public in 2012 and provides education and training for students in high-demand health care occupations in the Washington metropolitan area. In addition, the facility features 26 high-tech simulation labs which help to prepare students for clinical experiences in real-world hospital settings.

Some of the programs offered include: health information management and medical coder/billing specialist, registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, certified nursing assistant, radiography, respiratory therapy, nuclear medicine, emergency medical technician, paramedic, surgical technology, medical assistant, and pharmacy technician. 

About Prince George’s Community College
Named a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance designated by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security (2015-2020), Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) provides high-quality education and training for the progressive and career-oriented residents of Prince George’s County. From new high school graduates and career seekers to more seasoned professionals and senior citizens looking to enhance their skillsets, PGCC is comprised of students who represent a wide range of ages, backgrounds, and goals. Serving nearly 40,000 individuals annually, the college is the first choice for higher education for residents of Prince George’s County. Collaborative partnerships, responsive degree and training programs, and a commitment to student success enables PGCC to address diverse education and workforce development demands. For more information, visit the college website at www.pgcc.edu. Prince George’s Community College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104; (267-284-5000); www.msche.org. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation.