The 2019 Within Reach program at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine will offer information on a variety of health care professions along with details on how to proceed on a focused health care career track. Whether you’re a student looking into career options after high school or college or a professional considering a career change, Within Reach is loaded with valuable information about preparing for a career in health care.

The event will be held Dec. 3 at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine located at 2 Riverside Circle in Roanoke starting with an information fair at 5:15 p.m. Two consecutive programs will cover the types of educational and training opportunities available in the Roanoke and New River valleys. Undergraduate programs will begin at 5:45 p.m. followed by graduate program opportunities at 6:30.

Joining the medical school will be Radford University Carilion, Virginia Tech, and Virginia Western Community College.

Representatives from each of the schools will discuss a range of health care careers and offer tips on preparing for these training programs. More than two dozen academic programs will be featured both at the information fair and during the presentations. Some of these programs include those that lead to a certificate in practical nursing or phlebotomy, an associate degree in such fields as dental hygiene or nursing, a bachelor’s degree in public health, a master’s degree in such fields as nursing or public health, a doctoral degree in translational medicine, or a medical degree.

“Our goal is to help students and potential students develop a roadmap to admission into the type of program they desire,” said Dave Trinkle, associate dean for community and culture. “We want them to start thinking and planning about what they need to be doing now and what steps they should be taking. Their dream job might be just around the corner!”

The event is free, and school groups are welcome.

Due to construction, Riverside Circle is closed. Please enter the Virginia Tech Carilion campus from Reserve Avenue. Ample parking is available either in the garage under 2 Riverside or in the adjacent deck. Click here for parking information.

For more information about Within Reach, call the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine at 540-526-2588 or


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