The Western Regional Area Health Education Center at Western Michigan University offers programs that aim to enhance health care provider knowledge and to introduce health care careers to students. These opportunities are offered through partnering with organizations in a 19 county region through unique educational efforts.

Health Careers Pipeline Program

The WMU College of Health and Human Services, in partnership with Spectrum Health and MSU College of Human Medicine, is pleased to offer a virtual Health Careers Pipeline Program to 9th and 10th grade students from White Cloud, Hesperia, Grand Rapid Public Schools, Innovation Central and Ottawa Hills.

The HCPP empowers high school students to pursue careers in the health professions through exposure to health career options, mentorship and health and wellness education. Students participate in engaging and enriching experiences to foster personal growth and leadership characteristics through web-based collaborative technologies (WebEx, Zoom, etc.). The HCPP helps students develop their confidence and a support system for their journey into post-secondary education/training and beyond.

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Scholarships and loan reimbursement

Many of the AHEC community partners offer health care scholarships for a variety of disciplines.