OTTUMWA — Applications are now available for the 2019 Health Career Exploration Experience jointly sponsored by Indian Hills Community College and the Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation. The Health Career Exploration Academy is a healthcare career and college prep immersion program open to high school students who will be juniors or seniors in the fall of 2109 who have an interest in pursuing a career in healthcare.

The goal of the program is to help students choose a healthcare career area as well as understand the many processes related to finding, financing and achieving the education needed for that career. The program hopes to recruit students to healthcare careers regardless of where they choose to go to college.

Both Indian Hills and the Legacy Foundation understand the acute need that exists in southeast Iowa for dozens of types of healthcare providers including doctors, nurse practitioners and occupational therapists, to name a few.

Students will participate in a week-long program held at Indian Hills July 22-26 and July 30. During the program students will participate in a wide range of activities. They’ll be involved in a variety of hands-on experiences with medical procedures and equipment, speaking with current healthcare professionals and students about their career paths, and investigating college programs and career pathways for various healthcare professions. There will also be financial aid workshops, assistance in locating and applying for scholarships, and field trips to area universities/medical schools as well as many other activities.

Funded by the Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation and supported by Indian Hills, there is no cost to the participants for this program. Students successfully completing it will receive 3.0 semester credit hours of college credit. Participants must apply for the program. Applications should be returned by June 21. For more information or to receive an application please contact Lori Reeves at 641-683-5337 or email lori.reeves@indianhills.edu.

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