Serving Durham, Franklin, Granville, Johnston, Lee, Person, Vance, Wake, and Warren counties.
Director of Health Careers and Workforce Diversity
Featured programs and activities:
Health Careers Saturday Academy
Middle school and high school students participate in exciting workshops related to health careers that provide academic and professional growth. Activities include: hands-on health and science workshops, interactions with health care professionals, SAT prep course, CPR certification, resume writing and interviewing skills, college recruitment fair, and health careers enrichment workshops.
Carolina Visions Summer Camp
High school students participate in a one-week residential program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. They visit health care professionals at the Schools of Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing, Allied Health, Dentistry and Public Health. A variety of team building and leadership activities also take place at the camp.
Exploration Station: On Track to a Health Career
Middle school students spend three days following a mock patient story in the hospital to learn about health careers and interact with various health care professionals.
Health Careers Advisory Committee
The Health Careers Advisory Committee includes representatives from public school systems, educators, health care professionals, parents, and community leaders from the Wake AHEC region. This committee helps identify student needs and suggests strategies for implementing health careers activities.
Health Careers Scholars Recognition Program
Students who complete 60 hours of Wake AHEC Health Careers activities are designated as Health Career Scholars. Health Career Scholars receive special recognition and are invited to attend special activities related to health care.
Wake AHEC collaborates with the public school systems and other organizations by participating in career fairs, business alliances, classroom presentations, and facilitating clinical learning experiences for students enrolled in health science academies or Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) programs at area high schools.
“For the last three years, I have had the privilege to be a participant in the Wake AHEC program. This opportunity has changed my life. Through this program, I selected my major for college, and a career for my future. Wake AHEC has provided outstanding, extremely organized role models for me as well. Through hands-on, one-on-one assistance, this program has exposed me to many of the various fields in the health and medical professions. In addition, the diversity of students allowed me to meet different people and create new relationships. Wake AHEC offers an excellent Saturday Mini Medical Camp that I look forward to every month during the school year; and the very best summer camp at UNC-Chapel Hill, just to name two. My goal is to continue to be a part of this program well beyond high school. I could go on and on, but you must experience it for yourself. You'll be glad you did.”
Rebekah Carroway, homeschool student
Many students who have participated in Wake AHEC programs have gone on to attend colleges and universities including:
Partners in the Wake AHEC region include: