Healthcare Career Fair Fall 2019

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 • 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. • East Central Commons

Dakota County Technical College is hosting a Healthcare Career Fair Tuesday, November 19, 2019, in the East Central Commons on the college’s campus in Rosemount, Minnesota.

If you’re looking for an internship or part-time job while in school, you can search for openings and have opportunities to meet with approximately 30 medical-related employers at the Healthcare Career Fair.

“Students in the Practical Nursing, Nursing Assistant and Medical Assistant programs have a wide range of opportunities to choose from,” said Brenda Arneson, director of nursing as well as nursing faculty at DCTC. “There are many jobs available that students may not be aware of. Many jobs are available part-time for the student still in school; there is also job availability for students when they graduate. The Healthcare Career Fair is a great place for nursing and healthcare students to learn about all of their options.”

Look up employers and open positions at:

DCTC Healthcare Career Fair

More about the Healthcare Career Fair…

Attending the fair: Representatives from major healthcare employers such as:
  • Allina
  • Fairview
  • Ebenezer
  • Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare
  • HealthPartners Regions Hospital
  • UnitedHealth Group
  • And many more
Also attending the fair: Local and large employers such as:
  • Northfield Hospital and Clinics
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Cassia-Augustana/Elim
  • Southdale Pediatric
  • Prime Therapeutics
  • ACR Homes
  • Dermatology Consultants
  • And more…
The Healthcare Career Fair is not only for students pursuing careers in a medical field, but also serves as a connection event for students majoring in the following DCTC programs:
  • Business Management
  • Marketing
  • Accounting
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Graphic Design Technology
  • Web Design
  • Network Administration
  • Software Development
  • Information Systems Management

Visit Programs & Majors to learn more healthcare career pathways in preparation for the fair.

WHAT: Healthcare Career Fair

WHEN: Tuesday, November 19, 2019
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

WHERE: East Central Commons

Dakota County Technical College
Rosemount Campus
1300 145th Street East
Rosemount, MN 55068

College Central Jobs

Jessica Ayub, director of the Career and Transfer Resource Center (CTRC)at the college, reported that job recruiters also frequently add openings on the DCTC recruitment website, College Central Jobs. At any given time, there are more than 500 openings for students and alumni, spanning a broad spectrum of positions corresponding with DCTC’s credentials.

“Our students and alumni can really benefit from checking out part-time, seasonal, temporary, permanent, internship and full-time employment opportunities on this site,” Jessica said.

Jessica added that during fall semester 2019 and again during spring semester 2020, the CTRC is hosting a number of other events to help students put their best foot forward. Each event concentrates on different career development areas, but all the events aim to help students and alumni achieve their goals.

“As a student or alumni, you can schedule an individual appointment with the DCTC Career and Transfer Resource Center,” Jessica said.

Upcoming career fair and skills events include:

ABOVE: Career Leadership Academy activities allow students to earn a participation certificate by completing four or more career readiness competency areas from eight different types. Employers have reported that new graduates are less proficient in these competency areas, which means they are not meeting expectations early on in the workplace.

Practical Nursing

As a graduate of the Practical Nursing program at DCTC, you will be equipped with the knowledge and skill set to administer safe, ethical, patient-centered nursing care in traditional and alternative health care settings. The practical nurse (PN) role within the nursing process is taught through classroom learning, simulated client care, and instructor-supervised clinical experiences in healthcare settings.

The program is approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing. Graduates are eligible to apply to take the licensing examination administered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.

The DCTC Practical Nursing program’s mission is providing a program of theory and practice in a supportive environment in which students will develop knowledge, skills and behavior essential for success as a licensed practical nurse.


Licensed Practical Nurses

Provide basic nursing care under the direction of doctors and registered nurses.

This career pays above the statewide median of $20.07/hour


Median: $22.04/hour
High: $24.40/hour

Seven-county Twin Cities metro

Median: $22.87/hour
High: $25.31/hour


This career is currently in very high demand.

This career is seeing very high growth compared to other careers. Growth rate is 12.3 percent, or well above the statewide average. There will be a need for about 15,402 new Licensed Practical Nurses to meet market demand between 2016–2026. This includes the demand due to replacement (workers leaving the occupation or retiring) as well as growth.

Minnesota State CAREERwise Education

Medical Assistant

Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, or CAAHEP, on recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB), the Medical Assistant program will train you to be a professional medical assistant dedicated to patient care management.

As a graduate of this program, you will be equipped to:

  • Assist physicians with examinations and treatments
  • Take medical histories
  • Perform diagnostic tests
  • Expose X-ray films
  • Sterilize instruments and supplies
  • Assist with minor surgery
  • Administer medications

The Medical Assistant program’s goal is to prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.


Nursing Assistant

Nursing Assistant Certificate: This course prepares students to assist dependent elderly persons, home-care clients and hospital patients with their personal care needs. This course combines home health aide content with the nursing assistant course. The Minnesota State Certification examination is administered following course completion.

Nursing assistants and nursing assistants/registered, or NA/R, provide care under the direct supervision of licensed nurses. Employment is primarily in long-term care facilities, home health agencies and hospitals.


More about the Medical Assistant program…

Fast facts

  • Full-time program is one year
    • Allows students to work quickly without incurring huge financial debt
  • Currently, job placement is 100 percent
    • We have strong relationships with our industry partners—and they want our students
  • Medical assisting is a very high-demand profession
  • Medical assisting allows students to work Monday–Friday in a clinic setting with great benefits
  • Pay in the Twin Cities metro area currently ranges between a median $19.04/hour and high $22.16/hour
  • Students are trained in three areas, allowing for more versatility in the healthcare industry:
    • Administrative
    • Laboratory
    • Clinical

Kathleen Paukert, CMA (AAMA), BAS, medical assistant program director and faculty, considers medical assisting one of the best professions in the healthcare field. “We have the ability to work in a variety of job roles and are a key player in the healthcare team,” Kathleen said. “I’ve been a medical assistant for nineteen years, and I can’t imagine being anything else. I get to help patients and the providers. I am able to change my job role because of the training I have. I can work at the front desk or one on one with the provider or in the lab. I can be a supervisor, a team lead, a clinic manager. The possibilities are endless.”

Kathleen added that the medical assisting profession is not as well-known as it should be. “The majority of the community thinks that everyone is a nurse when in reality the person taking them back to the exam room and getting their vitals and helping them with their care is a medical assistant,” she said. “The community is coming into contact with us every day, and they have no idea who we are.”

Medical Assistants

Handle administrative and clinical tasks in health care settings.

This career is currently in very high demand.

This career is seeing very high growth compared to other careers. Growth rate is 25.3 percent, or well above the statewide average. There will be a need for about 14,079 new Medical Assistants to meet market demand between 2016–2026. This includes the demand due to replacement (workers leaving the occupation or retiring) as well as growth.

Minnesota State CAREERwise Education

Learn more about the Career and Transfer Resource Center and the Healthcare Career Fair at DCTC by contacting:

Jessica Ayub
Director, Career and Transfer Resource Center
Office: Room 2-202

Learn more about Practical Nursing and Nursing Assistant programs at DCTC by contacting:

Brenda Arneson
Director of Nursing and Faculty

Learn more about the Medical Assistant program at DCTC by contacting:

Kathleen Paukert, CMA (AAMA), BAS
Medical Assistant Program Director and Faculty
SkillsUSA Advisor