The Southwest Area Health Education Center's Careers Program is committed to expanding the development of activities, which serves to increase the representation of minority populations in all health careers. Our goal is to introduce under-represented young people from urban and rural medically-underserved communities to health care, ensure that they receive quality training, and keep them in the underserved community that they came from in order to become health care providers.
We currently have Exploration and Awareness programs for middle school, high school and college students in Arapaho, Burns Flat-Dill City, Clinton, Comanche, Cordell, Duncan, Elk City, Hammon, Lawton, Marlow, Randlett, Sterling and Weatherford. Below is a map of all the communities, over the past 3 years, that have participated in Exploration and/or Awareness programs:
In the Exploration or Job Shadowing program, students choose what health care discipline they are interested in and SWAHEC finds a local professional in that particular discipline who serves as a preceptor for the students. While working with the preceptor, the students experience first-hand what it is like to work in a particular health field.
A Job Shadow is defined as less than 20 hours of activity with a preceptor. The exploration program is defined as a minimum of 20 hours with a preceptor. The most popular form of job shadowing is the all-day shadowing.
When you participate in a job shadow or the exploration program, you gain first-hand knowledge of what it is like to work in a particular health field. If you are thinking about pursuing a career in a health field, an opportunity like this allows you to determine whether or not you think you are well suited to that career before you enter training on an academic level. You may just as likely decide that you are not suited for a particular health field as decide that you are. Both are equally important. Also, upon completion, you are given a certificate from SWAHEC/Cameron University, which has proven to be invaluable for resumes and scholarship applications.
If you are interested in participating, please review the Requirements, as well as the Interest form and/or Application available below to download. Please return to Beth Young.
Get 'em. Train 'em. Keep 'em.
Links of Interest
- Explore Health Careers
- Be the Difference
- Health Occupations Students of America, Oklahoma Chapter
- Great Plains Technology Center
- Western Technology Center
- Financing Your College Education
- Oklahoma's Promise
- Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education
- Know How to Go: Are you Ready for College?
- Youth Health Service Corp