Promoting health careers to South Dakota students is the focus of the upcoming Healthcare in Partnership with Education (HIPE) Week Feb. 4-8.
As South Dakota's population continues to age, projections indicate the state will need thousands of additional healthcare workers, with rural areas particularly affected. HIPE Week is an annual observance bringing together schools, communities and healthcare providers in an effort to make today's students aware of the many healthcare careers that are available to them.
Local groups interested in participating in HIPE Week can find free resources, including lesson plans and activities on the web at www.healthcareers.sd.gov. More information about South Dakota Workforce Initiatives can be found at http://www.southdakotawins.com/.