OPAHEC is continually working with partners to develop new activities and opportunities to bring employers and students interested in healthcare careers together in a professional relationship.
Some of these activities include:
College and Career Readiness Workshops: OPAHEC has developed a series of workshops for high school students to assist them in prepping for completing college, scholarship and employment applications, and pursuing a career in the health field. Workshops are offered to schools that are currently a part of the Pathways to Healthcare Careers cohort.
Healthcare Career Days: There are currently two healthcare career fairs offered at community colleges in the area that OPAHEC Pathways students are invited to. One is at Oregon Coast Community College and is sponsored by Samaritan Health Services. The other is at Chemeketa Yamhill Campus and is sponsored by Capella Health of McMinnville. At both events students have the opportunity to participate in hands on activities sponsored by each of the participating departments.
Summer Academies: Summer Programs are always a wonderful opportunity for students to develop skills and explore aspects of healthcare in greater depth than possible during the school year. In the past programs have been funded by Ford Family Foundation, Spirit Mountain Community Fund, Meyer Memorial Trust, Oregon State AHEC, and United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley. For every program, students are introduced to high demand healthcare careers and college readiness workshops.
These activities connect students directly to healthcare providers and employers. This connection helps students with their future planning, which is an essential part of improving student resiliency and academic focus.
OPAHEC is currently serve Willamina, Sheridan, Amity, Gervais, Scio, Stayton, Waldport and Siletz high schools.