What is a Pathway?

The 32 Pathways listed below give middle, high school and college-level students a hands-on experience as a health care professional. Pathways take place at colleges, high schools, hospitals, career and technical centers near you. Each Pathway may be geared towards specific ages, grades or schools.

Pathways in your Region:

Northern Vermont AHEC

Southern Vermont AHEC

Navicate TIPS (Training Interns and Partnering for Success):

For Grades: 11 12

Description:  TIPS is an internship program for in-school and out-of-school youth ages 16+ that includes a 20-hour job skills class and a 40-hour unpaid internship with a local business/organization.  Students typically earn ½ high school credit for completing both the class and internship. For more information, contact your high school guidance counselor or the Internship Coordinator.

Contacts: Franklin/Grand Isle Counties: Kathy Lavoie at 782-1924,
Chittenden County: Kerry Hill
Addison County: Gerrie Heuts, Mt. Abraham HS
Programs are also held in Rutland, Bennington, Central VT and the Upper Valley.

Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP)

College Freshmen and Sophomores
A free, six-week summer enrichment program with stipend included, offered at 13 different sites throughout the country for those considering a career in dentistry, nursing, nutrition, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physical therapy, medicine, physician assistant, public health. Details at national web site: and at UVM Career Center: Cara F. Calvelli, MD at 802-656-3450.

New England

  • Dental Careers Exploration Camp

    For Grades: 9 10 11 12

    Description: Dental career exploration and job shadowing experiences with dental professionals in a college campus setting help youth build an awareness of their personal interests, values and skills in relation to general dentistry, dental hygiene, and laboratory technician. Participate in activities like job shadowing at a dental office, hands on dental simulation, practice drilling a tooth on a dentistry mannequin, CPR certification, mouth guard fabrication, suturing, and x-ray diagnosis. This camp is FREE and open to all high-schoolers in New England. Register through the University of New England. Applications are available in each year for the annual August camp. Dental Careers Exploration Camp is held at the University of New England in Portland Maine.

    Contact: Collyn Baeder
    University of New England
    Register here: Dental Careers Exploration Camp