High School Students Explore Health Careers

July 5, 2011

Students in Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) dissect a pig's foot during lab class

Area high school students are getting exciting hands-on experience as part of a program that invites them to explore careers in the health care field.

Now in its third summer, the Holyoke Community College Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP), hosted by the Division of Health and Natural Sciences, helps guide students in finding a career pathway in health or allied health that suits their individual interests and needs. Guest speakers, site visits, and hands-on health activities offers students a highly interactive and fun way to learn. Participants also earn a stipend during the program.

Twenty-nine students (who will enter 9th grade this fall at Dean Technical High School or Holyoke High School) will be at HCC July 5-29, from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., to learn about health careers in direct patient care, rehabilitation, therapy, fitness, laboratory science, human services, and careers in the operating room. They will visit a variety of Pioneer Valley health organizations and regional colleges and universities, perform health-related experiments in class, and host a variety of health care professionals.

From August 1-12, twenty-six rising 10th graders from Holyoke High and Dean Tech will learn about various health-related case studies in a new hands-on program utilizing the Division of Health and Natural Sciences Patient Simulation Laboratory. They will visit various health-related organizations and colleges and universities, host health professionals, and perform a community service project during the two weeks.

Through its summer programs and a Health Careers Club that meets during the academic year, HCC's HCOP program has enrolled and graduated over 150 students from the Holyoke Public Schools during the past three years. Want more information? Contact Janice B. Carmichael, Teacher Advocate/Program Coordinator at (413) 552-2026 or jcarmichael@hcc.edu.


Holyoke Community College
303 Homestead Ave. Holyoke, MA 01040