University of Vermont

College of Medicine

Office of Primary Care and Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Program


Explore Health Careers

Vermont AHEC encourages young people and career-changers to consider health care for a rewarding, in-demand career. To learn more, AHEC can help in these ways:

October is Health Care Career Awareness Month in Vermont!

Each year, Vermont AHEC and its partners develop a series of events to highlight health care career options in Vermont and the U.S. AHEC offers a Toolkit of activities for teachers to use in supporting student exploration of health care careers. It is available at This month-long observance was passed into Vermont law by the state Legislature in May 2010.

Explore Health Care Careers Online

AHEC maintains a Vermont-specific web site that helps students/career-changers learn about health careers and educational pathways: Learn about opportunities for jobs that offer respect, appreciation and great pay.

Job Shadow, Summer Learning, Classroom Presentations, Health Career Clubs

  • AHEC provides MedQuest and CollegeQuest summer sessions for high school students to explore and experience health careers
  • AHEC arranges job Shadow Days when students can spend a day observing a health career with a professional in the field
  • AHEC offers classroom visits when a Health Career educator engages students in health career discussions, using hands-on tools of the trade and curriculum that is responsive to proficiency-based graduation requirements and personal learning plans (PLPs).
  • AHEC participates in Student Career Fairs: watch for the AHEC exhibit at your student career fair, where an AHEC staff member can guide you to resources for learning about health care careers
  • AHEC sponsors many other health care workforce development initiatives. Visit as a gateway to your Vermont heath care future.

To learn more about the possibilities in your area, contact your regional AHEC office:

Champlain Valley AHEC
Franklin, Chittenden, Grand Isle, Addison Counties
802-527-1474 / Melissa Rixon,

Northeastern Vermont AHEC
Essex, Orleans, Lamoille, Caledonia, Washington and Orange Counties
802-748-2506 / Kim O’Connor,

Southern Vermont AHEC
Rutland, Bennington, Windham and Windsor Counties.
802-885-2126 / Beth Brothers,


Connecting students to careers, professionals to communities, and communities to better health.

Last modified September 14 2015 11:48 AM