Serving Durham, Franklin, Granville, Johnston, Lee, Person, Vance, Wake, and Warren counties.
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, and health careers enrichment workshops.
Exploration Station - Destination: Health Careers
Middle school students spend one week following a "patient" story in the hospital and learning about health careers as theyinteract with a variety of health care professionals.
Set Your GPS to Health Careers
High school students begin their journey with tools to help prepare them for a future in health care! This one week event covers a wide variety of clinical career options and current health care issues through a combination of classroom activities and tours.
Youth Health Service Corps
Students attend volunteer training to prepare them for working in a health care setting. Then students develop and implement service learning projects that address health issues such as childhood obesity, oral hygiene, health and social issues for older adults, and hunger.
Mini Medical School
High school students learn about topics that are important in the study of medicine and see a glimpse of what it would be like in medical school. Sessions include hands-on and computational science activities on topics such as anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, cardiology, epidemiology, and medical genetics and genomics.
SAT Prep and ACT Prep Workshops
These courses provide strategies for improving scores on the SAT and ACT as well as counseling to discuss individual strengths and weaknesses. Other workshops for parents and students include tips on selecting a college, planning and paying for college.
Wake AHEC collaborates with the public school systems and other organizations by participating in career fairs, business alliances, classroom presentations, and other educational opportunities for students interested in health careers.
“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: