Over 100 students from high schools throughout southeastern Arizona converged at the University of Arizona on December 10, 2010  for an exceptional glimpse into potential health-related career options. The students, representing schools in Bisbee, Douglas, Nogales, Rio Rico and Tucson, all share an interest in the health care field as expressed through their participation in their local SEAHEC-sponsored High School Health Career Club.  The UA visit was designed

to provide these students with information and encouragement for further pursing their vocational vision following high school graduation.

The event, providing a half-day of experiential learning, was jointly coordinated by SEAHEC, AHEC program office, UA College of Medicine Office of Outreach and Multicultural Affairs (OMA), and the U of A College of Nursing.  The visiting students were broken into  groups that were guided by UA pre-med student volunteers, rotated though a series of exploratory workshops. These workshops were conducted at various locations within the Colleges of Medicine and Nursing, allowing the students to have a first-hand on-campus experience. Workshop topics included: the university admissions process for the RN program ; Public Health and Glow Germ Activity, The New CPR, Sun Safety Activities, Healthy lifestyles and Exercise and Health Disparities. Many of these workshops were presented by university students and staff with minority backgrounds and/or from rural communities similar to those of the visiting students and Mary O’connell RN.

The field trip allowed students to see the university setting first-hand, experience successfully taking part in activities within the academic environment, and meet people studying and working there who come from backgrounds similar to their own.