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6/15/2005 Oregon health careers academy hosted at Linfield

McMINNVILLE - A group of 44 Oregon teens will get a head start on health careers when they take part in a summer academy at Linfield College.

Teens will study and prepare for the health profession during the Health Careers Opportunity Program summer academy June 27 through Aug. 5 at Linfield?s Portland campus. The program, in its third year, is sponsored by the Oregon Health Career Center and Linfield College.

During the program, high school juniors and seniors from Portland and the Willamette Valley will participate in courses that specifically prepare them for entrance into college health professions programs.

The intensive academy provides college preparatory coursework in chemistry, college algebra, human biology, medical terminology and college writing.

In addition to taking classes, students will participate in field experiences focused on health professions and professionals, leadership, cultural competency, team building and the college experience. They will also design and conduct research projects focused on health issues relevant to underserved communities.

"The academy provides the students with more rigor and hands-on opportunities outside their high school calendar year," according to Andrea Flores, program manager at the OHCC. "They?re taught by college faculty in a college environment."

HCOP is the only program of its kind in Oregon to combine both an academic year after-school program with an intensive and extended summer academy focused specifically on health careers. The program targets economically and educationally disadvantaged students, Flores said.

"It is designed to encourage students from disadvantaged backgrounds -- low income students and students who will be the first in their family to graduate from a four-year college or university -- to choose postsecondary education and training in the health professions," she added.

Linfield was selected to host the academy based on its academic excellence in nursing and health sciences and its commitment to diversity, said David Martinez, director of multicultural programs on the Portland Campus.

"It?s a great way for students, early on, to get information about what they?ll need in order to pursue a career in the health professions," Martinez said. "There?s such a demand for people in healthcare fields."

For more information, contact Flores at 503-691-9088, ext. 113 or Martinez at 503-413-7273.