What is a Pathway?

The Pathways listed below give middle, high school and college-level students a hands-on experience as a health care professional. Pathways take place at colleges, high schools, hospitals, career and technical centers near you. Each Pathway may be geared towards specific ages, grades or schools.

Pathways in your Region:

Northern Vermont AHEC

Southern Vermont AHEC

Navicate TIPS (Training Interns and Partnering for Success):

For Grades: 11 12

Description:  TIPS is an internship program for in-school and out-of-school youth ages 16+ that includes a 20-hour job skills class and a 40-hour unpaid internship with a local business/organization.  Students typically earn ½ high school credit for completing both the class and internship. For more information, contact your high school guidance counselor or the Internship Coordinator.

Contacts: Franklin/Grand Isle Counties: Kathy Lavoie at 782-1924,
Chittenden County: Kerry Hill
Addison County: Gerrie Heuts, Mt. Abraham HS
Programs are also held in Rutland, Bennington, Central VT and the Upper Valley.

Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP)

College Freshmen and Sophomores
A free, six-week summer enrichment program with stipend included, offered at 13 different sites throughout the country for those considering a career in dentistry, nursing, nutrition, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physical therapy, medicine, physician assistant, public health. Details at national web site: and at UVM Career Center: Cara F. Calvelli, MD at 802-656-3450.

New England

Health Careers Exploration Camp

For Grades:  10 11 12

Description: For the past several years, the University of New England has hosted a Dental Careers Exploration Camp. This year, for the second time, rather than focusing solely on careers in
the dental field, the camp will feature several health professions in the University’s second annual interprofessional health careers exploration camp. The goal of the camp is to provide an
opportunity for high school students from rural or underserved communities to explore various careers in healthcare. Applications are accepted from students throughout the US who will be entering grades 10 – 12 in Fall 2019. Maine students from rural and underserved communities and those who have more limited access to such opportunities will be given priority consideration.

Contact: Collyn Baeder
University of New England
Register here: Health Careers Exploration Camp