MPB’s ‘Job Hunter’ Highlights Baptist, Other Jackson Medical Facilities in Episode About Medical Industry in Mississippi

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Mississippi Public Broadcasting’s (MPB) original series “Job Hunter” will air Thurs., Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m., with a spotlight on the medical industry in the Jackson, Miss. area.

On Thursday’s episode, host Kerri Courtney will take viewers through the hallways of Mississippi Baptist Health Systems (MBHS) and Hinds Community College. While visiting MBHS, Courtney will speak with various staff members, including X-ray technician Landon Burr, Clinical Data Manager Lisa Simon, registered nurse Megan Fox and Nurse Manager Terri Diffy.

“When we think of medical careers, it’s easy to think of emergency medical technicians and doctors with years of education under their belts,” said Courtney. “But there is a wide variety of viable, high-paying career options in Mississippi’s thriving medical industry that don’t require a four-year medical degree.”

The episode will highlight jobs in the medical industry around the state such as radiology technologist, health information technologist, registered nurse and licensed practical nurse.

Viewers will also learn more about the skills needed for the industry when Courtney visits Hinds Community College’s Jackson Campus – Nursing/Allied Health Center. Hinds’ radiology professor Stephen Compton and nursing instructor Maritta Bradley are among those interviewed on the show.

“We are pleased to bring ‘Job Hunter’ back to MPB for a second season,” said MPB Executive Director Ronnie Agnew. “Fostering a vibrant and robust workforce is essential to strengthening Mississippi’s economy. MPB is proud to have a part in that by highlighting the wealth of careers in Mississippi industries and the skills needed to succeed in those fields.”

As the only show of its kind in Mississippi, “Job Hunter” introduces viewers to jobs and career opportunities right here at home. Catch season two of “Job Hunter” on MPB TV Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.mpbonline.org/jobhunter.

“Job Hunter” is made possible in part by funding from the state of Mississippi and the Mississippi Manufacturers Association’s (MMA) Dream It Do It campaign and the Mississippi Department of Employment Security.

Mississippi Public Broadcasting (MPB) provides relevant instructional and public affairs programming to Mississippians through its statewide television and radio network.  MPB enhances the work of educators, students, parents and learners of all ages by providing informative programming and educational resources.  MPB’s locally-produced programming focuses on the people, resources and attractions that reflect Mississippi’s unique culture and diverse heritage. Children’s television programs constitute a major portion of the daytime and weekend morning schedules.  MPB provides a valuable resource to Mississippians in disseminating information as part of the state’s emergency preparedness and response system. Since 1970, MPB has won over 400 national, regional and statewide awards, including Emmy®, Edward R. Murrow and Parents’ Choice® Awards.

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