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SEARHC spring program introduces high school students to health careers

SITKA, February 24, 2016 – SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) still has openings for the 2016 Ethel Lund Village Health Occupations Program (VHOP) that takes place from April 18-21 in Sitka. 

Each year, the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) selects several Southeast-area Native students interested in health careers for VHOP, and the students spend a week at the SEARHC S’áxt’ Hít Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital learning about different health careers and educational opportunities. Last year’s group was the largest to date and included students from high schools all over Southeast Alaska.

The goal is to cultivate and encourage an interest in healthcare, and hopefully, healthcare-related careers grow out of those efforts. The health field is growing, which means plenty of job opportunities for those with the proper training. Additionally, health care related careers usually offer good pay and employee benefits, as well as the satisfaction of helping others.

Some of the activities for this year’s program include job shadowing with health care professionals at SEARHC Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital, hands-on activities with SEARHC dental staff, and training at the University of Alaska Southeast-Sitka. The program will conclude with a graduation ceremony.

The deadline for applications from Tribal Citizens March 31, 2016. Each application must include the student’s most recent transcript and two letters of recommendation.

For more information about the VHOP program, contact SEARHC Recruiter, Louise Brady at (907) 966-8903 or lbrady@searhc.org. You may also visit searhc.org/careers/education-training.