HGTC sees increased interest in health care studies

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CONWAY,SC (WBTW) – Horry-Georgetown Technical College courses often mirror the job market.

The expansion of Little River Medical Center, Conway Medical Center and McLeod Loris Seacoast in Carolina Forest has had a direct impact on students, according to Dr. Marilyn Fore.

“The demand for nursing faculty has grown exponentially as well as in all other medical fields that are out there,” said Fore.

She’s seen significant growth in the number of students interested in the health care field. Fore said the nursing program has about 1,000 people on the waiting list, the Physical Therapy Assistant program has 90 students waiting.

“They’re good paying careers,” stated Fore.

They’re also stable careers, according to HGTC Department head Scott Cyganiewics.

“I think for the most part everybody is looking that its going to give them some stability as they move forward because as we get older as a population we’re obviously going to be living longer,” he said.’

Cyganiewics told News 13 it’s been relatively easy for his students to get hired. The Surgical Tech Program graduated 15 students in August, of which 10 had a job the day the graduated from the program. Cyganiewics said new technology has opened more positions locally.

” We’re able to deal with a lot of heart attacks, stroke, trauma locally, instead of those patients having to be shipped to Charleston or Columbia or Greenville,” he explained.

HGTC plans to add an Occupational Therapy Assistant Program and a Respiratory Care Tech Program in the next few years.

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