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AHEC representative speaks on healthcare careers


AHEC Representative Natasha Chatman (foreground) with TCTC’s CATE Career Coordinator Kim White-Footman and TCTC Agriculture, Wildlife Management, and Forestry Instructor William Richardson.

Natasha Chatman of the South Carolina Area Health Education Consortium (AHEC) spoke with several Career and Technical Education (CATE) students on Tuesday, August 28 at Thunderbolt Career & Technology Center about AHEC’s Health Careers Academy as well as summer programs that are available.  Mrs. Chatman informed the Culinary Arts students, Agriculture students and the Engineering students about the careers that are available in healthcare.  She told the students that with AHEC’s membership there is:  a 4 year curriculum based program, monthly meetings, volunteer projects, mentor assignments, academic advisement, and service learning for 9th-12th grade students.

  There is a $25 annual fee and the student will usually pay for the various activities, such as:  meals, t-shirts, trips, testing, and CPR training.  The State Department of Education has approved a 1/2 credit be given to students who participate in the AHEC program.  The participates get an opportunity to visit different colleges within the state, such as USC Salk where Cindy McClure is the Nursing Director.  Students also have a chance to have a health care Mentor, and Dr. Lee is one of the mentors for students in the AHEC health careers program.

  There are also Summer Academies available, such as the academy at MUSC which accepts students at the age of 18, and they will be paid a stipend of $200.  If students are interested in joining the local AHEC Health Careers Academy, they may contact Mrs. Chatman at 843-782-5052.  Students may also see Ms. Footman at TCTC for an application. Mrs. Chatman is one of the many speakers that will be invited by Ms. Footman to speak with the Career and Technical Education (CATE) students of Thunderbolt Career & Technology Center and CCHS’s CATE classes.