Career and technical education centers give students a chance to learn vocational skills and prepare them for future success by blending education with practical skills that can be used in the workforce. Vocational training is becoming more and more prevalent in the United States, as post-secondary education qualifications increase.
Kentwood Middle School in Kentwood, Michigan, facilitated a STEM Career Day for 65 sixth grade students. Professionals from local organizations shared in presenting each of the STEM categories: science, technology, engineering and mathematics. AHEC was chosen to present on science.
Health informatics is an emerging field in the health care industry. It merges information technology, communication and healthcare in order to optimize patient care. This evolving specialization offers an opportunity for new jobs and careers within the field of healthcare.
In collaboration with the Kent County Health Department and Michigan Community Dental Clinics (MCDC) Inc., AHEC hosted the third Discover Oral Health Careers at the Kent County South Clinic in Kentwood.
Questions and answers with WMU senior, Chance Loman.
The West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology's Adult Career Training Program provides a pathway to income security through living wage careers in healthcare technology. WMCAT engages under- and unemployed adults in a tuition-free training opportunity in medical coding, medical billing and pharmacy technician – in-demand careers that provide living wages, benefits and career mobility.
Western AHEC participated in the Western Michigan University’s annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on January 16. This event brought in 244 high school students and dozens of parents from the greater Kalamazoo area to better understand the contributions of Dr. King and how to become advocates for social justice.
AHEC recently presented health care career planning tactics to three groups of parents that have children in the Grand Rapids Public School system.
Community Health is one of the many fields under the umbrella of public health. The term “community health” references the health status of a group or community of people. It is a field dedicated to the study, protection, and improvement of biological communities.

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