Administrators at Vernon College in Wichita Falls are trying to break down myths that certain jobs are meant only for women. The stigma of females only has frequently been associated with careers like nursing, cosmetology, and dental assisting.
At VC in Wichita Falls, 2 such programs - nursing and surgical technologist - are already led by men, and those leaders are looking to open their professions to even more male students. Next month they'll do just that with their new Guys' Night Out event.
Dean of Instructional Services Gary Donharkey said, "We're simply wanting to incise an awareness of the opportunities that exist for men in the allied health field of study."
On October 9 the college will feature six programs:
- Surgical Technologist
- Health Information Technology
- Dental Assisting
- Pharmacy Technician
The college is also striving to meet gender bias standards outlined in a grant given to the college. Donharkey explained that relationship, "They deem that any field of study hat has over 75% of one gender or the other to be gender biased and we are obligated to represent the underrepresented gender and show them the opportunities that exist for those people as well."
Surgical Technology Program Coordinator Jeff Feix is also a graduate of Vernon College and said he's seen an increase in the number of men in his field. He said, "When I first started in the program there as a certain stigma attached, over the last 20 years I've seen that change."
Director of the Licensed Vocational Nursing Program Lynn Kalski said the opportunities offered by these programs should entice anyone to consider them. He said, "This is a very reliable means of making a living and in these economic times I think that would appeal to a lot of people, male or female. I will tell you that I think men are just as capable as women of providing concern and kind care."
Anyone interested in attending Guys' Night Out should RSVP by October 8 by calling Linda Haney at (940) 696-8752 Ext. 3212.