Students & Teachers


Montana, and the nation as a whole, is facing a healthcare workforce shortage. We do not have enough healthcare providers to support the growing population. To address this problem, we need to begin building “the pipeline” -- we need to build a group of students across the nation who plan to enter a healthcare field. Part of the mission of the North Central Montana Area Health Education Center is to develop programs to address the workforce shortage and to encourage students to pursue careers in healthcare. 

North Central AHEC offers the following programs:

R.E.A.C.H - R.E.A.C.H is a one-day or half-day program, taking place at a local healthcare facility that provides high school and middle school students the opportunity to explore the healthcare field through a variety of hands-on stations and activities. Professionals from the sponsoring healthcare facility lead the stations, volunteering their time and talent to mentor students and share their expertise.

Heads Up - Heads Up Camp is a program for high school students to partake in career exploration and learn valuable skills in the field of behavioral health. Students will have the opportunity to hear from local professionals from a range of occupations – social work, addictions counseling, psychiatry, psychology, etc. They will also receive training to use immediately as advocates / peer support in their communities including suicide prevention and anti-bullying. Over the course of the camp, students will have the opportunity to earn a Youth Mental Health First Aid certificate and learn tools to assist those in need.

MedStart Summer Camp - The MedStart Summer Camp, is offered through partnership between the state-wide AHECs and MHA... An Association of Montana Health Care Providers. Together they coordinate a one-week summer camp for high school students entering their junior or senior year who are interested in pursuing a career in healthcare. Applicants are accepted on a first-come first-served basis; however, scholarships are available to students that meet the following criteria: low income, minority, first generation college bound, and from rural areas.

Montana HOSA - Future Health Professionals - HOSA is a career and technical student organization that allows students an opportunity to explore health careers while building relevant clinical, leadership, and teamwork skills.

Job Shadowing Opportuntites - Many graduate-level health career programs require job shadowing hours. Job shadowing is an excellent way to discover if a specific healthcare career is right for you. If you are interested in job shadowing opportunties in North Central Montana, please contact our NC AHEC Program Coordinator.

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How can your regional AHEC office help you?

Whether you have specific career questions in mind, are looking for training programs, or want to learn more about healthcare in general, AHEC professionals are willing and able to provide you with the information that you need.

AHECs can help you through the entire process of launching a health career - from the very beginning search for the right school until you actually get a job in the field you love!

One of the most valuable resources we can offer you is experience. We can expose you to various healthcare careers and academic enhancement to better prepare you for a specific health career training program.

Eighty-seven percent of students who participate with AHECs nationally are from underrepresented minority groups or economically disadvantaged communities and range in age from elementary to professionals.

Contact us today so we can provide you with training, resources and support as you explore your options for becoming a future healthcare professional!

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