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POSTED: Saturday, January 21, 2012 - 10:48pm

UPDATED: Saturday, January 21, 2012 - 11:16pm

CENTRAL EL PASO- Sixth graders from the El Paso Independent School District spent Saturday afternoon at Texas Tech to learn about various careers in healthcare.

The event titled "Adventure for Your Future" encouraged students and their parents that it's never too early to start planning your future.

The Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce says that there is a shortage of experienced healthcare workers in The Sun City, so they sponsored an event to inform students about healthcare career options.

The El Paso Independent School District says it's mission is clear, they want to encourage middle school students to start preparing for college.

"We want to help our community have more college graduates. Help our community have more professionals and make sure that El Paso just continues, and our students continue to stay here, and continue to contribute for a greater El Paso,” said Nancy Evans with EPISD.

Nancy Evans is the Director of College Readiness for the district. She says that parents being involved in the college planning process is essential.

"Parents are always the first educator and the most influential person in a child's life, and so we just want to congratulate the parents who came out,” said Evans.

Lorraine Turres with UTEP says that she hopes to teach younger students that there are many different career options in healthcare.

"Trying to get them young is the best idea because a lot of programs that are here being promoted, a lot of people don't understand. They think of medical as doctors and nurses, but there is a whole lot of different professions that are in the health field,” said Turres.

Students from other districts came out to show the sixth graders how they can get involved in career planning before they graduate.

"We actually get to go out to the hospitals, and we actually get to see things that we would have to wait at another school until we graduated, and went to high school and took the actual classes,” said student Dafne Villegas.

"There is so many classes you can take that allows you to see what there is out there,” said student Jose Ibarra.

Saturday’s event was free to the public. Parents were also able to ask questions about affording college for their child, including how to apply for grants.

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