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Students from Tucker, Randolph, and Upshur Counties all gathered at the Armed Forces Reserve Center to get a closer look at health careers in the area. Some students like Dolton Mullenax already had their plans ready for life after high school.

"Probably go to my undergrad, and then go to grad school, get my residency, and then hopefully I'll open up my own practice," said Mullenax.

The expo was organized by the Northern West Virginia Rural Health Education Center. The organization wants to encourage students to work in the healthcare field after school, especially in areas that are underserved. They want kids to know that there's more to healthcare than the most visible jobs.

"We wanted to show the students that you didn't have to be a doctor or nurse, there's many different levels of opportunities in hospitals or with EMS, and different organizations," said NWVRHEC organizer Sonnie Strader.

Students at the expo had the opportunity to discuss possible careers one-on-one with professionals in those positions, as well as look at schools where they could continue their education. And those exhibitors say that interaction can be very valuable in keeping the students interested in the field.

"Anything like this that gives them an opportunity to see the different facets of something, in order to touch or to feel or to have an opportunity to go to an office, then they're really going to know this is for me," said exhibitor Teresa Khan.