Broken Arrow Chamber, EDC partner with area schools for health care career day.

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The Broken Arrow Chamber and Economic Development Corporation (BAC/BAEDC) together with Broken Arrow and Union Public Schools are partnering with area companies to raise awareness and introduce students to careers in the healthcare field on Wednesday, April 20, 2022.

Professionals from healthcare will spend the day on campus at the Broken Arrow Freshman Academy, Union Freshman Academy, and Broken Arrow Options Academy to talk to students about the diverse and in-demand careers in the healthcare industry as well as education pathways available to obtain those positions.

“There are nearly 5,000 employees in Broken Arrow working in the healthcare industry with an average wage of nearly $59,000,” according to Amber Miller, BAEDC Workforce Development Director. “This event is designed to break the common misconceptions about careers in healthcare and help spark an interest in students. This will broaden the pipeline of talent to our healthcare industry in Broken Arrow.”

More than 100 volunteers and professionals from the Broken Arrow and Tulsa healthcare community, including Brookdale Senior Living, Saint Francis Health System, Hillcrest, Ascension St. John, and many others, will engage with more than 2,500 students in hands-on activities, that introduces students to the healthcare industry in the day-long event.

“Many students’ only exposure to a career is the one they see their families engage in every day. Our goal at the BAEDC is to identify the high demand occupations and industries and provide opportunities for our students to see the success they can have with our local employers and the education pathways available right here in the region to live a great life,” stated Jennifer Conway, President and CEO of the Broken Arrow Economic Development Corporation.

Brookdale Senior Living graciously provided 200 blood pressure cuffs and stethoscopes for one of the career day projects. In addition, more than 20 Brookdale employees from the area will be volunteering their time in the classrooms Wednesday. “We are so thankful for the amazing partnerships we have to make events like this possible,” said Miller.

In addition to the area healthcare companies, the following entities are partnering on this event: Tulsa Tech, Tulsa Community College, Northeastern State University, and City of Broken Arrow.

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