Are you interested in pursuing a healthcare career?

Thank you to everyone who participated and sponsored our
2021 Healthcare Careers Institute! It was a great success!

To View the Health Careers Institute Report, Click Here.

About the Health Careers Institute

10th, 11th, and 12th grade students from any of the eight Colorado counties: Archuleta, Dolores, Hinsdale, La Plata, Montezuma, Ouray, San Juan & San Miguel, are invited to apply for the summer SWCAHEC Health Careers Institute (2022 date TBD).

Students will…

• Participate in activities that will give you the skills and knowledge to begin your healthcare career journey including Anatomy in Clay® classes, health-related simulations, trainings and lab experiences

• Receive mentoring from area healthcare professionals through mentor interviews and provider-led presentations and activities

• Explore health research and education through demonstrations by Fort Lewis College science faculty

• Discover the pathways necessary for a career in healthcare and develop a pre-career education and training plan

• Learn about the latest information in disease prevention, mental and physical wellness, and healthy lifestyles

The SWCAHEC Health Careers Institute is an opportunity to learn about exciting career prospects in healthcare, to set goals for your potential career in this field, and to create a plan for the necessary education and experiences to achieve those goals.

How do I apply?

Applications will open in the Spring of 2022. We will be following pandemic precautions and the event will be smaller so space is limited.

SWCAHEC staff will review your registration and follow-up with the necessary documentation to complete registration.
Registration is not complete until all materials are received.

Each year, we rely on community members and practicing healthcare professionals to assist with curriculum and
activities that inspire our students. Volunteers are needed for the Hands-On Stations & Mentor Interviews (Lunch is included)

Sponsorship Opportunities

SWCAHEC relies on local sponsors to fund the Institute. Sponsorships pay for student tuition and program costs.
Your support enables us to enrich the lives of students from all over Southwestern Colorado by exposing them to new
and exciting career possibilities and by teaching them strategies to increase their overall wellness.
Please join us by investing in our future healthcare professionals!

Healthcare Careers Institute Sponsors


AHEC Career Exploration Program

This is a free program for high school students. Link to resources in our online library will be available soon.

Learn about the many, exciting options for careers in healthcare

Gain support in planning for education and training related to healthcare careers

Acquire knowledge and skills related to healthcare careers

Receive Mentoring from current health profession students

Call (970) 426-4284 or email info@swcahec.org for more information.

“When I came to the Health Careers Camp I THOUGHT I wanted to be a nurse in Durango. Now I KNOW I want to be a nurse in Durango!”

~ Maya, age 17