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Governor Rendell Shines Health Careers Week Spotlight on 8 In-Demand Occupations

Recognizes Award Winners; Seeks Tomorrow's Health Care Heroes

HARRISBURG, Pa., Nov. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Edward G. Rendell said Pennsylvania is working to build tomorrow's health care workforce by showcasing eight in-demand occupations during the kickoff today of Health Careers Week.

"This special week helps put middle and high school students on rewarding, real-world career paths that will benefit millions of Pennsylvanians," said Governor Rendell. "These are professional opportunities that will be in great demand in the commonwealth."

Health careers in the spotlight are dental assistants, dental hygienists, medical and clinical laboratory technologists, medical and clinical laboratory technicians, pharmacists, physical therapists, radiological technicians, and respiratory therapists.

These eight careers will comprise approximately 70,000 Pennsylvania jobs by 2014, according to "An Analysis of Allied Health Occupations in the Commonwealth," which was released in May by the Pennsylvania Center for Health Careers. The 266-page report is available at; click "About PA's Workforce System" then "PA Center for Health Careers," and "Technical Report from the Allied Health Working Group."

"Health Careers Week shows Pennsylvania's commitment to attracting a new generation of bright, energetic workers to vital careers in the health care industry, and it helps to keep our top talent here to meet the health care needs of our aging population," the Governor said.

Health care careers account for more than 500,000 of the nearly 5.8 million jobs in Pennsylvania, and the number is expected to increase to 660,000 by 2016.

During the Health Careers Week kickoff, Matthew Cain, a senior at Central Bucks West High School in Doylestown, was recognized as the statewide winner of the 2008 Student Health Care Hero Award.

"Students such as Matt who seek out health care careers and then dedicate themselves to learning about them through volunteer or part-time service are heroes," said Labor & Industry acting Secretary Sandi Vito as she presented the award. "I applaud Matt for his volunteer work at Doylestown Hospital, where he has completed more than 1,200 hours of volunteer work."

Cain said he developed his interest in health care at age 12, and he began volunteering at Doylestown Hospital two years later. He also is a volunteer emergency medical technician with Warrington Emergency Medical Services.

Health Careers Week is being celebrated across the state with events highlighting careers in the health care industry, including in-demand occupations in diagnostic, medical services, non-direct care and rehabilitative categories.

For more information on Health Careers Week and high-demand health careers, visit; keyword: Health Careers.

The week's activities are sponsored by the Pennsylvania Center for Health Careers in cooperation with more than 40 public and private government, education and health care industry organizations.

The Rendell administration is committed to creating a first-rate public education system, protecting our most vulnerable citizens and continuing economic investment to support our communities and businesses. To find out more about Governor Rendell's initiatives and to sign up for his weekly newsletter, visit:

EDITOR'S NOTE: The Student Health Care Hero Award regional winners follow.

2008 Student Health Care Hero competition winners:

-- State winner -- Southeast region winner, representing Bucks County

Workforce Investment Area: Matthew Cain, Central Bucks West High School,


-- South central region winner, representing South Central Workforce

Investment Area: Clay Cooper, Lower Dauphin High School, Hummelstown.

-- Northeast region winner, representing Northern Tier Workforce Investment

Area: James Biery, Sayre High School, Sayre.

-- Northwest/central region winner, representing Northwest Workforce

Investment Area: Bethany Ratzlaff, Central Career and Technical School,


-- Southwest region winner, representing Southern Alleghenies Workforce

Investment Area: Fiona Grugan, Juniata Valley High School, Alexandria.


David Smith (L&I)


Chuck Ardo


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