With the drastic changes in our local economy over the past few years, especially in the casino industry, many area residents have found themselves on a quest for a new career. Brian McHugh is one of those individuals. At 54 years old, after working 25 years in the casino industry, the casino he was working in closed. He tried to find similar work in the area, but to no avail.
McHugh's wife was employed as a local school teacher, so the family had no plans of relocating. The only option was for McHugh to find a new career path, he thought. After exploring his options and talking to friends and family, McHugh learned about Shore Medical Center's School of Radiologic Technology. A friend of his family's had gone through the program and loved it.
Shore's School of Radiologic Technology is a full-time, 21-month certificate program in Radiologic Technology. Through participation in classroom, laboratory, and clinical activities, students are prepared to successfully begin a career as a Radiologic Technologist. Shore's school is a cooperative program designed with Atlantic Cape Community College (ACCC), so McHugh completed his prerequisites at ACCC and began the program at Shore this September.
Gail Faig B.S.R.T.(R)(CV)(CT), program director of Shore’s School of Radiologic Technology, says she is thrilled to be in a position to help people like McHugh discover a new career in the exciting field of radiologic technology.
“A career in radiologic technology can lead you down many paths. It’s used in nearly all facets of healthcare, from cancer care and urgent cares to small rural clinics and large urban hospitals,” says Faig.
McHugh enjoys the classroom, but it's the clinical work he loves the most, especially the emergency department.
“It's so nice to be in a vocation where it is all about helping people, and not focused on money and advancement. I want to give back,” McHugh says.
Open enrollment for Shore's School of Radiologic Technology runs from April 1 to May 31st, 2017. To learn more and find out if a career in radiologic technology is right for you, visit http://shoremedicalcenter.org/radiologyschool.
Pictured above: Brian McHugh, a student in Shore's School of Radiologic Technology, with his wife Marie