Healthcare Careers Academy
The CCAC Healthcare Careers Academy (HCA) is a 2-week summer experience that is designed to expose 10th-12th grade students from the South Hills-Mon Valley area to family-sustaining career options in healthcare, allowing them to discover that today’s healthcare careers extend well beyond physicians and nurses – and that many of these careers can be attained with a CCAC education. This project, which is funded by the Jefferson Regional Foundation, aims to empower students with the goal to increase their own economic mobility, and, on a larger scale, improve the economic health of our region.
Students will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the various CCAC Allied Health and Science laboratories, shadow in a hospital setting, find potential mentors within the field, and have discussions with hospital health care professionals about the important work that they do. Students will also be challenged in critical thinking exercises to build the skills that form the basis of critical judgment, a key component for success in nursing and other health career programs. In addition, the program will expose participants to a variety of soft skills exercises that are aimed to empower students so that they may overcome the identified barriers to success.
For more information or questions, please send an email to HCAcademy@ccac.edu.
Check out Allied Health programs
Develop key critical thinking skills
Strengthen your soft skills
Participate in self-confidence sessions to promote your success
Learn a variety of medical and laboratory procedures
CCAC Healthcare Careers Academy is led by a cohort of knowledgeable STEM and ALH education professionals who have many years of experience not only in the Higher Ed classroom, but also in their related fields.
Healthcare Careers Academy will be operating under CCAC's COVID-19 guidelines. For more information on CCAC's guidelines, click here.
Heatlhcare Career Academy Sessions
The 2021 season of the Healthcare Careers Academy has come to an end. We thank each of you for making this program a success!
Liv M. (Student) - "I would recommend this program because it gives students a lot of hands on learning. It helps a lot if you are unsure of what career path you want to choose and want to learn more about what is out there. In the seven days that you are there, you will learn a lot about yourself that you did not know before. This program really helps show people the benefits of CCAC because many people discredit community colleges when comparing them to a four year school, but I have learned that CCAC offers some of the same opportunities and sometimes more than traditional four year colleges. The experiences that this program have provided me with will stick with me through life."
Alyssa (Student) - "I would definitely recommend this experience due to the overwhelming amount of exposure to, not only the health care field, but other great qualities to have in the future. The academy taught me time management skills, how to improve my emotional intelligence, and how to do well in interviews while making friends along the way. The experience was beneficial and showed me how important the medical field is, and how each profession contributes to the patients' safety and well-being."
Dakota W. (Student) - "Attending this program taught me more than I anticipated. I thought we were just learning more about the general health careers everyone knows about. I learned so much more than what I thought I knew, about the medical field. For example, at the hospital, I never knew that there was a specific department for cleaning the instruments and preparing carts. I would recommend this program to anyone, even if you do not have interest in the medical field. It teaches you a lot about yourself and the people around you."
Dena Prusak (Parent) - “On behalf of my daughter, Paige Prusak, I would like to offer a huge thank you for such a great program! Paige updated me daily on the program and activities and I was impressed each day. Paige has been focusing on choosing nursing as a field of study in college but this program opened her eyes to the many other healthcare fields, particularly occupational therapy. It's great that CCAC offers this program and I'm thankful Paige was able to participate. Again, thanks for the work you do.”
The Jefferson Regional Foundation is a proud sponsor of the CCAC Healthcare Careers