South East AHEC
Serving Brunswick, Columbus, Duplin, New Hanover, and Pender counties.
Director of Health Careers and Workforce Diversity
Featured programs and activities:
CSI (Careers in Science Investigation) has been designed to offer middle school students at Waccamaw Elementary more information about health careers and opportunities to conduct scientific experiments that relate to the human body.
Health Career Education Awareness Conference
Held each fall semester, this program provides school counselors and educators with information to heighten knowledge and awareness of the resources that are available for those who counsel students about careers.
Health Careers Symposium
An annual event that takes place each spring semester on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. This one-day session offers area high school students the opportunity to meet health care professionals and discuss career preparation.
Health Careers Awareness Puppet Shows
An interactive presentation that features a video and puppets as the characters teach elementary students about healthy behaviors and health careers.
Camp BONES (Brigade of Nurse Exploring Seahawks)
This program provides middle school students with an in-depth look into the nursing profession. The participants receive instruction on anatomy and physiology, biology, CPR, first aid and nurse shadowing.
This is a two-week period of discovery for elementary and middle school age Hispanic/Latino students from Brunswick County. They explore science, technology and the fundamentals of life science concepts through laboratory and outdoor experiments.
“Coastal AHEC has been a wonderful resource for me. I am a parent as well as a teacher and advisor for an afterschool program. My students have had up-close experiences with health careers. We have had groups tour at the hospital and the health department, and they also shadowed various health professionals. Many of my students have attended the SAT workshops and youth health conferences. It isn’t magic that motivates students to learn – it is Coastal AHEC’s positive spirit, energy and enthusiasm that causes young people to listen and respond.
“AHEC is an important forum that addresses the need for young people to be prepared and armed with the information to choose a career in the health field. I believe AHEC knows that many children ‘cannot be what they cannot see.’ AHEC is an organization that provides experiences for children to see the possibilities and see where they are needed.”
Valarie Farnum, student
Many students who have participated in SEAHEC programs have gone on to attend colleges and universities including:
Partners in the SEAHEC region include: