Health Careers Education

“Growing Our Own” Healthcare Workforce

One of the easiest ways to grow the pipeline of healthcare professionals in northwest Georgia, particularly in rural areas, is to provide students with information about the world of careers in healthcare and help them to explore future opportunities.  Blue Ridge AHEC offers terrific resources for teachers, counselors, HOSA and CTAE advisors, scout leaders and more!

Georgia AHEC Scholars Program:  AHEC Scholars is an exciting multidisciplinary program that gives health professions students a unique opportunity to practice hands-on training, experience providing care in a rural/underserved environment, work with other health professions students in their region, build their resumes and increase their professional contacts. Students will make lasting connections with different professions and learn how to function as an interdisciplinary team.

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Health Careers in Georgia Manual:  This comprehensive guide is packed with info on 80+ health careers, including salary rates, education requirements, work settings, and descriptions of the activities performed in each occupation.  It also features sections on Healthcare Trends, Hot & Growing Careers, health-related degree programs at Georgia colleges, and sources of financial aid.

Plus, there’s an easy way to share this resource with your students!  We’ve printed bookmarks with a QR code that kids can scan with their phone to download the entire manual for FREE.  The bookmarks also include the website address, so students can access it on any computer, as well.


Health Careers Presentations:  Our staff can make a VIRTUAL visit to your class, chapter, club or troop to introduce the Health Careers in Georgia manual and discuss careers in healthcare.  For middle school students, we have fun activities and prizes!  Simply contact us at to schedule a visit and request free bookmarks for your students.

Middle & High School Career Fairs:  We would love to host a booth during your school’s Career Fair!  This is a great opportunity for students to explore health careers beyond medicine and nursing.  We will introduce them to health-related professions for athletes, scientists, animal lovers, technology gurus, and creative thinkers, too.


Summer Programs: Blue Ridge AHEC works collaboratively with hospitals, academic institutions and other organizations to dive into health careers through summer programs, camps and experiential activities.

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Blue Ridge AHEC Healthcare Hero Scholarship:  Blue Ridge Area Health Education Center (AHEC), in partnership with Floyd Medical Center, recognizes high school seniors who have completed the Teen Volunteer Program with the Healthcare Hero Scholarship.  Through their hard work, determination, and volunteer efforts, these students have proven to be promising leaders planning to pursue careers in healthcare.  The one-time scholarship award of $250.00 can be used to help offset educational expenses for tuition, fees, or books.  Each year, students who have distinguished themselves through outstanding achievements and personal excellence are chosen.