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Mid-Carolina AHEC Health Careers Program Recruitment for 2016-2017 School Year is Open!

It’s that time of year again; the Mid-Carolina AHEC Health Careers Academy (HCA) is now recruiting for the 2016-2017 Health Careers Academy. The Health Careers Academy aims to increase the number of students, especially minority and disadvantaged students, entering the health professions in South Carolina. The evidence-based HCA curriculum is also designed to promote resiliency, improve overall academic success, and foster a sense of purpose in the student participants.  It provides students with a practical link between academic studies and preparation for participation in the workforce.

The Mid-Carolina AHEC offers the HCA for rising 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade high school students. HCA activities promote academic success, career development and personal growth for students. The HCA also helps families understand that the path to becoming a health care professional begins in high school.

The HCA provides exploration into health careers and prepares students for the rigors of healthcare training programs through activities that focus on communication, math and science. The HCA also provides student advising and mentoring sessions. Parental involvement sessions are provided for parents to learn more about financial aid options and strategies to help their children strive to become future healthcare providers in South Carolina.

The Health Careers Academy will be held one Tuesday night a month from 5:30pm to 8:30pm in the following Counties:

  • Lexington & Richland Counties: Midlands Technical College Airport Campus
  • Chester County: Fort Lawn Community Center
  • Lancaster & York: Mid-Carolina AHEC
Applications can be found at www.hcp.midcarolinaahec.org or by emailing Mid-Carolina AHEC Health Careers Program Coordinator Erica Davis at ericadavis@comporium.net. The application deadline for the 2016-2017 Health Careers Academy is May 30, 2016. In past years, applications were offered twice a year in the Fall and Spring, but due to limited space, applications will NOT be available in the Fall.

If you do not see your county listed and you are interested in starting a New HCA Program, or if you would like to set up a “Lunch and Learn,” have any additional questions, comments or concerns, please contact Erica Davis at ericadavis@comporium.net or (803) 286-4121.

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