Southwestern Colorado
Area Health Education Center

701 Camino del Rio, Suite 316
Durango, CO 81301| Phone: (970) 426-4284

Summer Health Careers Camp

Save the Date for the Health Careers Camp
June 13-16, 2017 

Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado

Tuition: $175 – Scholarships Available

Register Here

Tuition Payment or Adopt a Camper Here


ATTENTION: 9th, 10th, and 11th Graders!
  • IMG_3274-001Learn about health careers
  • Make new friends from all over Southwest Colorado
  • Meet health professionals, one-on-one
  • Experience “college life” while living in the dorms for 3 1/2, fun-filled days
  • Enjoy hands-on activities
  • IMG_3467-001Visit health facilities
  • Shadow a professional
  • Volunteer and experience service learning activities
PLAN FOR SOME EDUCATIONAL AND FUN FILLED DAYS! students from eight counties:  Archuleta, Dolores, Hinsdale, La Plata, Montezuma, Ouray, San Juan & San Miguel are invited to attend this three day camp on the campus of Fort Lewis College in Durango.
Guided by camp staff, students explore the many fields of the healthcare industry, engaging in hands-on activities and meeting professionals from a variety of health occupations.  For more details about the three day camp and to view outcomes from the 2016 Health Careers Camp, including full report, please click HERE.

Check out the video highlights for the 2016 camp:



Read what one parent had to say after the 2015 Health Careers Camp:
I would  like to thank you so very much, again, for providing such a wonderful experience for my daughter. Without your camp, she would have only speculated about becoming a doctor.  After experiencing the hands on and shadowing experiences your camp gave her, she knows, for sure, that she wants to become a doctor! What a wonderful goal to have at the age of 15. Although life can sometimes be uncertain, her solid goal is directly related to your camp.  Thank you again, so very, very much!! -R.M., 2015
Meanwhile one camper shared this:
Please accept this letter as my enthusiastic recommendation for the AHEC Health Careers Camp. The AHEC Health Careers Camp of 2015 helped me want to become a surgeon. I was interested in medicine before the camp, but I was not sure if I would enjoy it and I did not know what type of medicine I wanted to pursue. After the camp I knew exactly what I wanted to do: become a surgeon. The camp was great and gave me a lot of unique experiences. I got to experience a lot of interesting things including touring Mercy Medical Center, touring Hood Mortuary, shadowing an ophthalmologist, attend lectures about health careers and see a robot used in surgeries. I enjoyed seeing the robot the most because I am very interested in robotics used in surgeries. I saw the robot drill into a fake bone which inspired a project about robotics in medicine that I am now doing in school. Being able to actually use the robot was great because it was more than just a doctor giving a demonstration. I actually got to interact with the machine. Before we went to see the robot we got to see some pictures and videos of it in motion in an actual surgery. This inspired me to want to become a surgeon because I got to experience what real surgeons do. This health camp was a great experience and I would happily go back next year. -S.A.M., 2015



Adopt A Camper_2016_for website

The need for healthcare workers will increase as we all near retirement, so invest TODAY!

Tuition Payment or Adopt a Camper. Click the ticket link below.

Eventbrite - Health Careers Camp 2016

HCC Sponsor Contribution Form


We also invite you to become a Camp Sponsor!

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Join our Sponsors and make a difference in a student’s life!


Check Us Out!

View the 2016 Camp Video HERE

View the 2015 Camp Video: HERE (or click on the image below)

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Media Coverage:

Durango Herald

Durango TV

View the 2014 Camp Video: HERE


HCC_CallForVolunteers_for website

We appreciate our volunteers! 

For the Volunteer Counselors’ Application click:  Counselor’s Application.

To see volunteer survey results, please click HERE.