RIDGWAY – The Colorado Area Health Education Center is now taking applications from high school students for its 2011 Summer Health Careers Institute.
According to Southwestern region coordinator Teri Williams of Ridgway, the program selects 10 students from area high schools for all-expense paid, weeklong trips to CU Denver’s Anschutz Medical Campus for an introduction to careers in health care.
“Students from all over the state will come together to explore various medical health professions,” says the AHEC website, “as well as have the opportunity to tour health facilities, discuss career options with professors and health practitioners, and shadow a health professional during the trip.”
Williams is herself an operating-room nurse and believes the AHEC program is a great chance for local kids with a 3.0 GPA or better to find out what careers in the health care field are all about: everything from nursing to being a doctor to various kinds of technicians and administrators.
“I visit schools all over southwestern Colorado,” she said. “I’ve been to Ridgway, Ouray, Telluride, Dove Creek, Dolores, Lake City, Silverton. The Southwest region covers eight counties: Ouray, San Miguel, San Juan, Dolores, Hinsdale, La Plata, Archuleta and Montezuma. So far, only Silverton and Lake City have not been responsive. We’ll select 10 kids from this region for each of two weeks this summer.
“This is a great opportunity for kids in our area. They need to be recommended by a councilor or a science teacher. They have to be 16 years or older by June 1, 2011. They can get applications by calling me at 970/903-8585, or by going on the AHEC website at: www.ucdenver.edu/COAHEC.”
The Institute sponsors two student weeks, one June 5-11, and the second July 10-16, 2011. The AHEC Program provides transportation, room and meals, and all activities at no expense to students. (Funding comes from the Colorado Trust foundation.) Housing is in dorms on the campus of the Colorado Christian University with 24-hour supervision by AHEC staff, councilors and volunteers.
Applications must be received by March 31, 2011.