Executives from Mark Twain Medical Center visited Calaveras and Bret Harte high schools on Jan. 23 and 30 to share an array of career choices available and avenues into the medical and health care fields.

“I am interested in going into the medical field, but I’m not sure what part of the field I’d like to enter,” said Bret Harte junior Morgan Middleton of what she hoped to gain from the event.

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Lonnie Smith, and Chief Nurse Executive Katherine McCoy spoke with more than 80 students as part of the Calaveras Workforce Development Initiative (CWDI). The CWDI is a project of Calaveras County high schools, the Calaveras County Office of Education, the county Board of Supervisors, regional community colleges, the Mother Lode Workforce Development Board and the Economic Development Talent.

During the 90-minute presentation, which also included a question-and-answer period, Smith and McCoy helped provide insight into the various “good health care career opportunities” in Calaveras County, many of which do not require medical school.

The information was “just what the doctor ordered” for some students in attendance.

“I have always wanted to go to work in the medical field as an emergency physician, but I really wanted to listen and talk to people actually working at a hospital,” said Bret Harte junior Chloe Cockshott.

For more information about the Calaveras Workforce Development Initiative, visit calaverasCTE.org or contact Calaveras County Superintendent of Schools Scott Nanik at 736-4662.

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