Your recent article on the continued rise in demand for health care workers in Maine underscores how health care training and education can lead to bright futures for Mainers in the fastest-growing industry in the state.

A new state Department of Labor report, “Maine Workforce Outlook 2014 to 2024,” projects that there will be more job gains in the health care sector than in any other job sector through 2024. This is no surprise, given the advancing age of the Maine population as a whole. Maine has the highest median age of any state.

People looking for promising careers in the high-demand health care industry need look no further than Southern Maine Community College for the training and education they need. In the health care field, the degrees and certifications that we offer are essential for professional success.

Our graduates go on to successful health care careers in a variety of medical settings, caring for people and making a real difference in their lives. Upon completion, many of our graduates directly enter the workforce while others go on to earn advanced degrees in their fields.

SMCC has a diverse selection of programs that serve the health care industry: cardiovascular technology; emergency medical services-paramedicine; health sciences; medical assisting; nursing; nutrition and dietetics; radiography; respiratory therapy; and surgical technology. We encourage people interested in health care careers to explore our offerings to find a program that interests them.

SMCC strives to advance student success, workforce development and the Maine economy. Our health science programs fit the bill on all counts.

Norma Willis, BS, RN, RDCS

chair, Health Science Division

Southern Maine Community College

South Portland