We work to improve the supply and distribution of the healthcare
workforce and to increase minority representation in health professions in North Carolina.
Plus, throughout a healthcare professional’s career, we provide support -- from
elementary to high school, to college and beyond.
Greensboro AHEC works with colleges and universities, county school systems and regional
health care agencies on health career efforts throughout the Greensboro region. The purpose
is to develop and maintain initiatives in the community and work to identify gaps in the
educational pipeline. By facilitating health careers exposure and enrichment, job shadowing
and college preparation activities, the HCWD program hopes to strengthen health career
workforce development efforts and increase the numbers of quality health care providers
in the Greensboro AHEC region.
Featured Programs and Activities
YHSC (Youth Health Service Corps)
is now offered in the Greensboro AHEC region. Students helping to create healthier
communities through service learning.
Click here for a brochure for more information.
Teachers - Are you looking for a free exciting class for students? Check Out!! The
Puppet Bunch/CATCH Program.
We are introducing educational materials that will feature lovable puppets the Careers in
Health Puppet Bunch. Each puppet represents a different career in health. Through this
multi-media experience, the puppets are matched with real professionals who look like them
and share the same career. The materials portray multicultural and non-traditional gender
roles that represent the 21st century in healthcare. Teachers like and appreciate the program
and find that it fits into their health and science curriculum.
Puppet Bunch targets children in grades kindergarten through second grade. It is designed to introduce children to health careers while breaking down perceived ethnic and gender barriers, through the use of puppets. This program increases awareness of healthy behaviors and the importance of calling emergency 911 through participation in group games. This is a free service provided by the Greensboro Area Health Education Center. If you are interested in our program, please click
Request for Program Form to schedule your school program.
Catch a Totally Cool Health Career (CATCH)
CATCH focuses on third through fifth grade students by introducing them to health careers through the random selection of pre-chosen healthcare careers and the use of medically oriented props (i.e., clothing and equipment).
Please click Request for Program Form to schedule your school program.
2017 Greensboro AHEC Programs
Teen Health Career Club - Accepting Applications for 2017-18 School Year
The health career club is designed for middle and high school students interested in
learning more about careers in healthcare. Students will enjoy health science workshops,
health career speakers, site visits, scholarship and leadership information, college tours,
ACT, SAT Prep classes, games and more! Applications accepted Spring 2017.
Click here for an application.
Pharmacy Tech Training Initiative (PTTI)
The Pharmacy Technician Training Initiative (PTTI) is a
pipeline program for minority and economically disadvantaged
high school seniors, undergraduate students, and students
interested in returning to the workforce. The goals of the
program are to encourage students to enter into the pharmacy
profession and to prepare students to successfully pass the
National Pharmacy Technicians Certification Board Examination.
Eligible students must have a minimum 2.8 GPA (copy of
transcript must be submitted with application) and have
maintained a grade of at least a "B" in Biology, Chemistry or
Algebra II. Space is limited.
These workshops are designed for educators, community volunteers, and health and human
service professionals working with minority populations. Emphasis is placed on cross-cultural
mentoring and communication.
Health Careers Information & Enrichment Workshops
These workshops are created and sponsored by the North Carolina Health Careers Access
Program (NC-HCAP). Interactive workshops for 5th through 12th grade students are designed to
motivate and encourage targeted students to consider career opportunities in the health
professions. Each two-hour workshop also provides participants with information about
college preparation, admissions requirements, financial aid resources, and information
on various health issues affecting today(the Black Box)s youth. Please contact the Greensboro
Area Education Center to request workshops.
"Through AHEC programs, I am motivated to engage in many new activities.
The AHEC programs have helped me to expand my knowledge of health careers and the healthcare
system. Today, I am interested in Pharmacy because AHEC has taught me what a dynamic and
flexible career it can be." - Madison Price
"I was one of this year's representatives
for Greensboro AHEC at UNC Greensboro. This was my first time
attending the conference, but I loved every single moment of it.
We stayed in honors dorms, engaged in leadership activities, and
listened to inspirational speakers and had fun all at the same
time. But that's not all; we even had a student panel so
whatever questions we had they got answered.Before starting the fun of course we had an icebreaker
which was actually fun. Everyone had a smile on their face while
music was playing and beach balls were thrown in the air.Sounds interesting huh? If you would like to be a part of
a rewarding program you should join your local AHEC teen health
club. This club will help you become more informed of the many
different health careers while also earning service learning
hours serving your community. The Teen Health Club has helped me
with understanding the health field some much more than just
listening about it but getting hands on with materials. We are
the future leaders of the healthcare so let's get together and
prove it!- Frances Crouch
"Currently, I'm at training at the Internal Medicine Residency at the University of
South Alabama in Mobile, AL After residency; I am interested in completing an adolescent
medicine fellowship and a master's in public health with an interest in community based
research in addition to practicing as a general internist. SEMS and SEP gave me that
extra exposure to math and science as well as various health care fields through several
classes, site visits, speakers and workshops. To this day, I still remember my experiences
and the people I met through participating in these programs. It was a confidence booster
and motivator to be surrounded by other minorities who had the same interests. It was also
encouraging to know that there was a support system in place that nurtured my desire to
become a physician and assisted with my professional growth.
Specifically, through the AHEC SEMS program, I learned how to write a research paper and
give a formal presentation. I remember presenting about heart disease in African American
women and feeling a sense of accomplishment (and relief) afterwards, especially after I
worked so hard. Through SEP, I took challenging math and science courses that prepared me
for my future undergraduate coursework. In addition to learning even more about the
healthcare field, I also learned how to become a competitive applicant for medical school."
- Lakeisha Entzminger
For more information or to schedule a program, contact: