SWCAHEC, in partnership with other state and federal organizations, provides many opportunities for both college and high school students to take advantage of learning programs.
College and Higher Education
SWCAHEC can assist and be a valuable resource for college students obtaining their first-time degrees and professionals seeking higher degrees. Visit ColoradoHealthCareers.org for health career surveys that help determine if a health career is right for you. A Colorado Health Career Guide is also available.
Other valuable resources to help guide you:
collegeincolorado.org – free website to explore post high school education opportunities, plan strategies, advance possibilities
educationcents.org – Information to better understand financial matters and to provide the tools needed to help finance higher education.
Southwest Colorado Community College offers a number of resources and courses for students interested in health and wellness fields. Courses are offered in person or online:
Learn about Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) Programs available in Colorado.
Online BSN-DNP and MSN-DNP Programs Available in Colorado http://www.doctorofnursingpracticednp.org/colorado
SWCAHEC coordinates the clinical rotations program for health professions students completing rural rotations from the University of Colorado Anschutz medical campus. SWCAHEC recruits and supports preceptors from all health professions across the region who are interested in teaching health profession students during rural rotations. SWCAHEC also facilitates community-based service learning opportunities and arranges host or leased housing for all students.
If you’re assigned to a rotation in the Southwestern Colorado AHEC region, please sign up for housing via this website as soon as possible. If you do not require housing, please let us know of your arrival via email.
SWCAHEC coordinates host housing for health professional students in the Southwestern Colorado towns of: Durango, Pagosa Springs, Cortez, Telluride, and Norwood. We have many residents who generously open their homes to students during their rotations in the area and every effort is made to provide students with a positive environment. Our office is located in downtown, historic Main Avenue in Durango. If you are nearby, feel free to stop in and say hello!
Each southwest town is unique and offers many attractions during free time. The area provides opportunities for mountain biking, hiking, rafting, fishing, and more! See the About Your Community section below to learn more!
Service Learning Opportunities
Do you have a service learning requirement for your rotation in Southwest Colorado? Click on this link: Possible Service Learning Ideas_7.30.15 for ideas and please call our Student Services Coordinator at 970-375-3250 for assistance and contact information.
About Your Community
The following links will take you to downloadable/printable PDF documents containing helpful resource information for your community.
We want you to enjoy your rotation and we appreciate your feedback to continue making the experience as good as possible for our students. Click here to provide your feedback.
Nightingale Luminary Awards Community Scholarship
Each year, SWCAHEC works with Southwest Colorado Community College to select a deserving second year nursing student, who shows leadership qualities, to receive a scholarship. Generous contributions from local businesses and organizations ensure funding of this scholarship. Click here to learn more about this program.
La Plata Medical Society Scholarship(s)
To view the latest scholarship opportunities, click here.
Military Spouses and Children Scholarship (s)
This is a guide for Military Spouses and Children looking to find funding for their college education. There are several military specific funding options, as well as grants, scholarships and alternative sources for military spouses and children. Click BestColleges.com
High School and College Internships
SWCAHEC provides unpaid internship opportunities for high school students interested in learning about health professional careers, non-profit organizations, or leadership roles.
Regional Science Fair
SWCAHEC participates in the judging of middle and high school science projects and offers one or more travel scholarships to the State level competition for those who win for their health-related projects.
SWCAHEC can also assist you in learning more about the STEM Internship Program (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). STEM offers paid internships for high school students; For more information contact the program director.
SWCAHEC will participate as a mentoring and internship site for Animas High School, LINK (Leading Internships for New Knowledge). Students complete a project-based internship in the spring of their junior year. Students are paired with professional mentors who provide experience in their fields. In turn, interns complete academically rigorous projects at their internship sites. The project will be completed during a three-week period, when students will be at their internship sites 30-40 hours over the five-day work week.
Fort Lewis College Practicum
Fort Lewis College and SWCAHEC have teamed up to provide non-paid internships for public health and health professions students searching for program practicum experiences. Click HERE for application or email the executive director at email@example.com or call 970-375-3243 for more information.