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ERIC Number: ED520609
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct-18
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
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Southern Vermont College (SVC) and Wheelock College (WC): 2010 Urban and Rural Healthcare Academy Program (HAP) for College Progress and Workforce Development
DeCiccio, Albert C.
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(Purpose) This is a report about the Urban and Rural Healthcare Academy Pilot Program (HAP) that launched at Southern Vermont College (SVC) and Wheelock College (WC) in summer 2010. HAP enabled 18 vulnerable high school students to learn about how to progress to college, how to transition when they arrive on a college campus, and how to prepare for the healthcare workforce. (Methodology) SVC and WC offered a summer-intensive, credit-bearing program of study (1 college credit). This initiative provided motivated, low-income students with a unique opportunity to experience healthcare from both the urban and rural perspectives, with the hope that many of them would enter college and pursue healthcare careers. During an intensive eight-day experience, the students examined essential healthcare questions facing the U.S. The program was designed to enable students to discover answers by practicing in urban clinical sites, in rural clinical sites, in a simulation laboratory site, and in several science laboratory/hospital sites. The HAP Pilot brought together 18 low-income, vulnerable, high school students from urban and rural areas who expressed interest in pursuing a healthcare career. (Results) An amazing 94.1% "strongly agreed" that they enjoyed the HAP Pilot. The colleges are in the process of developing a mechanism to track the HAP Pilot participants and, in particular, to gather data on the following items: (1) enrollment in a four-year college; (2) completion of the first year in college; and (3) entry into a healthcare major/career. These more quantitative data points can be compared to the more qualitative data just described. (Conclusions) (1) All the students want to work in a healthcare field because they want to give to others; and (2) more importantly, what Wheelock College and Southern Vermont College undertook in the summer 2010 is what is really meant by service-learning. That is, the colleges didn't enter these students' lives simply as liberal-minded people who will HELP the participants be like us. Instead, we offered these students the resources and services of two campuses dedicated to raising up a generation of citizens who might not otherwise have the chance to pursue their healthcare career dreams in a higher education institution. (Recommendations) Based on the results reported here, we intend to replicate and to expand this initiative in summer 2011, concentrating on tracking the participants who progress to and through college. (Additional data) None. (Contains 1 footnote.) [Karen Gross, Anne Hopkins Gross, and Adrian Haugabrook assisted in the writing of this paper.]
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts; United States; Vermont