Students filling the health care demand

JAMESTOWN, N.C. -- Guilford Technical Community College nursing student Christina Griffith says caring for others comes naturally.

"Guess you can say I am a natural care giver. I love to take care of people, love to meet their needs and I have a big heart and am compassionate," Griffith said.

Griffith is almost done with the three-month nursing assistant program at GTCC. Griffith and students like her have the skills. Now they are looking for an opportunity.

Daniel Grigg, career services coordinator at GTCC, says there are plenty of jobs available.

"We can never get enough people to help fill the need just locally here in the Triad," Grigg said.

On Wednesday, GTCC is bringing 34 hospitals, care giving centers and retirement communities to the Jamestown campus. The businesses are looking to hire dental hygienist, pharmacy techs and nurses.

"I say about 90 percent of all the companies are looking for folks that are licensed to be certified nursing assistants here in North Carolina," Grigg said.

The medical job fair will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday at GTCC's Medlin Campus Center in Jamestown. Bring plenty of resumes and dress to impress. The job fair is open to the public.