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Southern Vermont AHEC Pathways


Advanced MedQuest in Burlington, Vermont

For Grades: 10 11 12

Description: This program provides a six-day college campus experience at UVM in Burlington, VT, for students who have successfully completed a MedQuest program. Applications are mailed to all MedQuest alumni still in high school in the winter. Student selections are made in March. Advanced MedQuest is held in July. The staff includes Larner College of Medicine students.

Contact: Southern Vermont AHEC: 802-885-2126, or  at www.svtahec.org

MedQuest (2 sessions)

For Grades: 9 10 11

Description: This program is a 6-day residential program for high school students who have an interest in pursuing a healthcare career. During the program, students are exposed to a variety of health care careers through job shadows, workshops and hands-on learning. Located on a college campus, the program helps youth build an awareness of their personal interests, values and skills, and helps them prepare for their future. Applications are available in January of each year. Southern Vermont AHEC runs two sessions of MedQuest each summer.

Contact: Southern Vermont AHEC; 802-885-2126 at www.svtahec.org

Summer Tech Camp in Springfield at River Valley Technical Center

For Grades: 7 8 9

Description: All students entering 7th, 8th or 9th grade at any area middle school or home school are eligible for Summer Tech Camp in Springfield. Space is limited.

Contact: Marie Gelineau
Three River Valley Business and Education Partnership


Sophomore Summit

Description: 10th grade students in Rutland, Bennington and Windham counties have the opportunity to attend a one-day career exploration event with their school. This event exposes students to a variety of career options through workshops led by professionals in the field. This event is planned in partnership with the regional schools and community partners. Rutland County holds the event in October, Bennington county and Windham county are in the spring.

Contact: Your Guidance Counselor


Hartford Area Career and Technology Center

For Grades: 11 12

Allied Medical Services

Description: Students in Health Sciences (HS) build a strong foundation of academic and practical knowledge in general health care. HS offers students a springboard into nursing programs, EMT training, sports medicine, physical therapy, imaging sciences, elder care, and dentistry. Program completers may earn up to nine college credits and five industry certifications to help them on their career path. Those wishing to distinguish themselves often do so through the National Technical Honor Society and HOSA, a student leadership program for future health professionals. HS students are actively engaged in the field through volunteer work and Cooperative work placements.

You must be a student at: Hanover High School – Hartford High School – Home Study schools- Lebanon High School – Ledyard Charter School – Mascoma Valley Regional High School – Mid Vermont Christian School – Rivendell Academy – Thetford Academy – South Royalton High School – Windsor High School – Woodstock Union Middle/HS

Contact: Jessica Enright, Instructor
Hartford Area Career and Technology Center

River Valley Technical Center

For Grades: 11 12

Health Careers Program

Description: The Health Careers Program is a two-year program that integrates classroom studies with clinical and practical application. Students are exposed to a considerable array of careers in healthcare. They will visit various medical facilities to get a first-hand look at the choices available to them. Guest speakers, classroom and online learning and skills training in a realistic lab setting are part of the first year.

Level I students will study a wide range of subjects.  Students examine the structure of healthcare, learn about law and ethics, human growth and development and infection control.  Lessons will include the systems of the body as students begin learning about the diseases and disorders affecting each system.

During Level II, a combination of classroom and online learning and onsite clinical rotations will comprise the training which will fulfill the Vermont Board of Nursing requirements necessary to allow students to sit for the Licensed Nurse Assistant (LNA) exam. Level II also provides the opportunity for clinical externships, work cooperatives and dual enrollment with River Valley Community College; an option that offers three (3) transferable college credits.

Level I and Level II classes will receive American Red Cross certification in CPR and AED for Workplace and Community.

Both levels of the Health Careers Program focus on RVTC’s center-wide employability skills; DEPENDABILITY, ORGANIZATION, COMMUNICATION, PROBLEM-SOLVING AND COLLABORATION. This, along with the program curriculum, prepares students for college entry or for entering the workplace after high school.

This program is a good choice for those students interested in one of the over 100 career pathways in the healthcare field. Many graduates have gone on to college in the fields of nursing, sports medicine, X-ray technologist, physical therapy, pharmacy and dental hygiene.

You must be a student at: Bellows Falls Union High School – Black River High School – Compass School – Fall Mountain Regional High School – Green Mountain Union High School – Springfield High School – to participate in this pathway.

Contact: Wendy Reeves
River Valley Technical Center

Southwest Vermont Career Development Center

For Grades: 11 12

Medical Professions

Description: Do you want to become a doctor, nurse, physical therapist, or enter one of the hundreds of other careers in the health care field? If yes, then this is the program for you! This program combines theoretical learning with the development of hands-on skills within the medical field. The first year of the program focuses on the foundational knowledge and skills needed to pursue a health-related career. A wide range of medical careers will be explored as students job shadow health care professionals in careers such as: nursing, medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, imaging, rehabilitation therapy, laboratory, emergency medicine, pharmacy and renal dialysis.

During the second year of the program, students further their knowledge and skills related to a wide variety of health careers. Students will also have the opportunity to explore a few chosen career fields in more depth through co-op experiences. The second year of the program focuses on anatomy & physiology, medical terminology, pathophysiology, medical math, and mental illness. Second year students also have the opportunity to earn 6 college credits in Human Biology and Medical Terminology from CCV.

You must be a student from one of the following towns: Arlington, Bennington, Dorset, Glastenbury, Manchester, North Bennington, Pownal, Readsboro, Sandgate, Searsburg, Shaftsbury, Sunderland, Twin Valley, and Woodford.

Contact: Katherine Slade
Southwest Vermont Career Development Center
802-447-0220 ext. 223

Stafford Technical Center

For Grades: 11 12

Health Careers Academy

Description: This program is designed to prepare students for further education and/or employment in the health care field. The curriculum provides students with the opportunity to experience a variety of health careers. Students observe and practice entry-level skills through classroom and lab work at Stafford Technical Center and at clinical sites in area health care settings. Students completing the program can become employed as nursing assistants, or continue on to post-secondary health careers. They are also able to volunteer for their local ambulance service.

A large part of the program includes hands-on clinical training in the STC lab and at local health care providers such as Rutland Regional Medical Center, Mountain View Center, The Pines of Rutland, Rutland Area Visiting Nurses, and Regional Ambulance Service. Become licensed as a nurse assistant and get a job in the health field. Become certified in adult and child CPR and certified in First Aid. Return for a second year, attend classes at Castleton State College and participate in paid work experience in the healthcare field. Learn medical terminology, applied math skills, anatomy, and physiology.

You must be a student at: Rutland High School, Fair Haven Union High School, Otter Valley Union High School, Proctor High School, Poultney High School, West Rutland School, Mill River Union High School, and Mount Saint Joseph Academy.

Contact: Nicole Hadeka
Stafford Technical Center

 Windham Regional Career Center

For Grades: 11 12

Protective Services Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)

Description: The Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) course is an entry-level emergency medical provider course that will prepare individuals for employment or a volunteer position in a variety of pre-hospital, industrial and first responder settings.

Protective Services Firefighter Program

Description: This is an introductory program emphasizing fire and emergency hands on training. The course allows candidates the chance to test for the Vermont State Firefighter I certification. Topics covered range from fire science/behavior to emergency medical procedures. There are several class trips to visit area emergency service providers.

Principles of Biomedical Science

Description: Students will explore biology concepts through the study of human diseases. Factors that led to the death of a fictional person will be determined, and investigation of lifestyle choices and medical treatments that might have prolonged the person’s life will be examined. The activities and projects introduce students to human physiology, medicine and research processes. Note that this is a course within the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) sequence of Biomedical Science courses and that a significant amount of work will be conducted online.


The focus of this course is to provide sound, relevant background knowledge in the science of human nutrition and to translate the scientific principles of nutrition into applicable concepts of care. This course offers opportunities for the student to identify dietary modifications relating to the developmental stage of the patient as well as the role of adequate nutrition in maintaining the health of the individual throughout the life-span.

Medical Terminology

Description: This course is for the student interested in the field of medicine or human services. The curriculum will focus on the meaning and pronunciation of medical terms, including prefixes, suffixes, root words, and medical abbreviations. In this course you will be guided along a path of vocabulary development that is interesting, enjoyable and prepares you to communicate in the field of medicine. A variety of classroom learning activities will allow you to practice and to grow confident in your use of medical terminology.

Eligible students seeking an additional challenge may opt to take a final exam for Medical Terminology in order to receive college credit from the Community College of Vermont.

Human Growth and Development

Description: This course is designed to teach the developmental stages of humans from conception through the aging process. Course content includes general and specific principles and concepts of growth and development, as well as physical, motor, cognitive, and psychosocial characteristics of the various developmental stages. The course implements the philosophy and objectives of the program by stressing the importance of the changes that occur at each stage of the life span. This course may be offered for college credit through Vermont Technical College

Human Body Systems

Description: Students will undertake a detailed study of human body systems through organ dissection, guided Internet research, and 3-D modeling of all major organs. Labs will feature data acquisition software used to monitor body functions such as blood flow, muscle reflexes, and respiratory capacity. Case studies will explore the roles of biomedical professionals as they diagnose fictional patients and devise treatment plans. Research projects will examine the interactions between body systems and the careers available to those who work in health-related professions. A unit on bone-based and DNA-based forensics is also included. Note that this is a course within the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) sequence of Biomedical Science courses and that a significant amount of work will be conducted online.

You must be a student at: Bellows Falls Union High School, Brattleboro Union High School, Hinsdale Middle and High School, Leland and Gray Union Middle and High School, Twin Valley Middle High School, as well as those with school choice.

Contact: Linda Quay
Windham Regional Career Center

Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center

Medical Professions

This rigorous two-year program provides high school students with a unique and important opportunity to explore a variety of health careers.  Students will have extensive exposure to clinical areas such as emergency care, operating room, laboratory, respiratory therapy, medical/surgical nursing, radiology, cardiology and several other health occupations.  Students receive training to prepare them for taking the Vermont LNA licensing exam.  They also receive First Aid/CPR for the Health Provider training.  Students study a college-level curriculum in Medical Terminology and Human Biology.

You must be a student at: Middlebury Union High School, Mount Abraham Union High School and Vergennes Union High School or from private schools or homeschooled students in the outlying areas.

Contact: Barbara Thompson-Snow
Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center