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      Recession proof jobs

      The number of newly laid-off people seeking unemployment benefits has jumped to a level that hasn't been seen since 9-11.

      On Wednesday, we told you that 181 employees at the Holcim cement plant in Clarksville, Missouri will lose their jobs by next year. But despite the odds, and the doom and gloom, there's some good news....there are jobs out there for the taking.

      Ann O'Sullivan is the Assistant Dean at Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing, and she's been a nurse for more than 30 years. She told me there's less nurses coming out of nursing schools than there were 10 years ago.

      "There's definitely a shortage of nurses all over the country and in the Tri-State area, and a lot of that is related to the aging poulation and the aging of nurses. So therefore more people to take care of and less nurses to take care of them," she said.

      But O'Sullivan told me she's noticed something interesting. The school has it's largest group of RN's coming back to school.

      "Well, we definitely see a trend in increased enrollments, increased interest in the nursing career. Our enrollment this year is up to 260, which is all of our students and the undergrad and graduate program," O'Sullivan told me.

      Included in that batch of students, are those who already have a college degree or careers. O'Sullivan says more people are having a change of heart about their career choices. Besides the need for RN'S and LPN's, there's also a need for educators, which also tops the list for recession proof jobs.

      " We don't have enough educators to teach even the people who want to come to nursing school," she said.

      To attract more students, the nursing school, visits area schools, and out in the community. O'Sullivan says the proofs in the numbers. She says typically 100% of nursing students at Blessing have jobs by their 2nd semester, providing not only job, but financial security.

      If you're interested in becoming a nurse, here's your chance to find out more.

      The Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing will hold a open house, Friday, November 14 from 1pm to 4pm.

      The open house will be held at the hospital at the 11th street entrance, just off Broadway. Other thriving jobs in the health sector include physician assistants, medical records and personal home care aides.

      Other jobs listed as recession proof are security, international business, the environmental and energy sector. I also spoke to Jim Mentesti, President of the Great River Economic Development Foundation. He told me jobs also in the Tri-State area that are recession proof inclide utility companies, trucking companies, even convenient stores.