High School Students



You may be surprised to learn that great jobs in every medical specialty are within your reach, no matter your level of education. There are more than 350 different career opportunities, and more than half of the 20 fastest growing careers nationally are in the health care industry. To explore some of these exciting careers go to the VT Health Care Careers website.

Northern Vermont AHEC provides a variety of health careers exploration and science enrichment opportunities for students in grades 5 through 12. To learn more, contact us at contact@nvtahec.org.

Check back to this page frequently as we are regularly developing new and exciting programs! 

The UVM AHEC Program in partnership with Northern Vermont AHEC offers health careers exploration activities in Chittenden County.  To learn more, contact us at ahec@uvm.edu.

Health Care Careers

Northern Vermont AHEC creates fun and interactive workshops, customized for middle and high school audiences, exploring the possibilities of a career in health care. These workshops can be delivered in-person or online. Contact us to learn more, or visit our website VTHealthCareers.org.

Governor’s Institute on Health and Medicine

The Institute on Health & Medicine is a week-long residential program for Vermont high school students in grades 9 through 11 who are interested in health care and health science. Hands-on lab science activities and clinical skills workshops are lead by college faculty and graduate students.  Resources and opportunities will be provided for participants to personalize their career exploration. Learn more here.





HERO Program information FLYER 2023 -2024
HERO Mentoring Program CALENDAR 2023 – 2024

HERO Mentoring is a no cost, four-month, 1-to-1 online mentoring program that pairs high school students with volunteer medical students trained in mentoring and STEM education. Students engage with their mentors in ten learning modules: one focused on health career exploration, one focused on goal setting, and eight modules focused on human biology, health science, and medicine. These sessions are scheduled by the participant and their mentor once per week from October to January.

The goal of the program is to support science achievement and postsecondary pathway planning for Vermont teens.

This year, the program has expanded to all 9th through 12th graders residing in Caledonia, Essex, Franklin, Grand Isle, Lamoille, Orleans, Orange, Washington, and Chittenden Counties.

The HERO Mentoring application is now open; deadline to apply is September 21, 2023. 

Space is limited in the HERO Mentoring Program.  Selection will be based on participants’ demonstrated interest in health and medicine and ability to commit to the full duration of the program. You can find the application here: HERO Mentoring Program Application (jotform.com).  There are no academic prerequisites, and no prior knowledge or experience is required.

If your school or organization is interested in partnering with Northern Vermont AHEC to bring this program to students in your region, we can:

  • Send digital and print materials to you for distribution;
  • Plan a visit to talk to students about the HERO Mentoring Program

Northern Vermont AHEC is hosting a 30 minute HERO Mentoring Program Q&A over Zoom on Monday, September 11 at 3:30 if you would like to learn more. You can join the meeting here: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/81133643809?pwd=RStOcHNtUXgzLythbVdYYnZ5bGdpQT09

Reach out with any questions to Lanie Billings, Health Careers Program Director, email: lbillings@nvtahec.org