Central Louisiana Area Health Education Center (Central LA AHEC) collaborated with LSU-University Health Medical Center and Caddo Parish School Board/Bossier Parish School Board to bring the “A-HEC of a Summer” program to high school students living in Caddo and Bossier parish.
Twenty two students were selected to volunteer at LSU-University Health Medical Center for 15 days this summer, rotating through various departments in the hospital to gain hands-on experiences with the goal of determining whether or not a health career is a good choice for their future.
The 2016 program participants were Chelsea Jackson, Alicia Edwards, Srikhar Chilukuri, Xiang Tang, and Lawrence Shi of Caddo Magnet High School, Alan Hedrick, Adriana Beruvides, and Lily Valiulis of Loyola College Prep, Jaslyn Cade of Southwood High School, Ariana Mitchell, Tori Spraggins, Anna Beth Witherington, Sydney Baughn and Lauren Head of Airline High School, Mosse Martinez, of Bossier High School, Brittney Garrett of North Desoto High School, Kaitlyn Keller, and Hannah Dauzat of C.E. Byrd, Peyton Greer of Captain Shreve High School, Lauren Fluegge of Benton High School, and Anthony Bacud and Glenell Henson III of Evangel Christian Academy. Students were chosen on the basis of grades, a written essay, letters of recommendation and an interview. Upon completion of the program, they earned ½ unit of general elective high school credit, CPR certification, and 90-100 hours of volunteer service.
“This program is an excellent tool by which students can explore different health care professions and make decisions about their future based on experience and observation,” said Lucille Esters, program educator. “They were able to obtain knowledge and experience from healthcare mentors, field trips, workshops and guest lecturers.”
Starting in August, interested students and parents can pick up applications for next year’s “A-HEC of a Summer” program and other health career exploration programs from their school’s guidance counselors’ offices or they can call the AHEC office at 318-746-0044.
Central Louisiana AHEC is a non-profit, community-based agency that serves as a training and information resource for health and education professionals for a 21-parish region in north Louisiana. CLAHEC’s primary goal is to identify local needs and develop programs which will encourage health professionals to practice in rural and underserved communities where their services are urgently needed.