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.


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: Healthcare career fairs are usually offered by the community colleges in the OPAHEC service area, all events are currently on hold until further notice. Past programs were held at Oregon Coast Community College and is sponsored by Samaritan Health Services and 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 currently on hold as soon as we have updates opportunities will be posted. 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. WE are grateful for the grant support we have been given over the years and are hopeful that as we return to normal operational levels we will be offering programs in our region.  Please check back for updates.

Activities are designed to connect students directly with 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 program is currently open to all high schools in our service region.  Please reach out to our office for assistance.