Programs for High School Students

AHEC has a wide range of programs available to assist high school students on their journey toward their dream health careers. For more information on the programs below, please contact us at or (808) 692-1060

Hawaii Pre-Health Career Corps

The Hawaii Pre-Health Career Corps is a free program for high school and college students who are interested in pursuing careers in health. Its purpose is to increase awareness about health careers, provide mentoring, shadowing and research experiences, and provide campus exposure to health careers.

Health Career Navigator

The Hawaii Health Career Navigator helps students explore the various health related careers available to them in the state of Hawai’i. The book, available in hard-copy and online, provides job descriptions, salary info, training requirements, areas of specialization and job growth information for 95 health careers.

Teen Health Camp

The goal of Teen Health Camp is to expose students to the countless possibilities in the health field and to introduce them to professionals within that field. During this one day event, students will participate in different workshops such as suturing and public health outbreak, as well as afternoon activities, and a question and answer section with current university students.

Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA)

HOSA is a national student organization endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Education Division of ACTE. HOSA’s two-fold mission is to promote career opportunities in the health care industry and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people. HOSA’s goal is to encourage all health occupations instructors and students to join and be actively involved in the HSE-HOSA Partnership.Contact the Hawaii State Advisor, Ada Toyama, Ada_Toyama/OIS/ Phone: (808) 733-9141 ext. 426

Na Pua No Eau

The mission of Na Pua No Eau is to identify gifted and talented Hawaiian youth (K-12) and to provide them with educational enrichment opportunities. It is also the Center’s hope that through its efforts, Hawaiians will be among the increasing number of human resource that assists in the advancement of the nation, the state, and the community, especially in technology, human resources, and education.

Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP)

HCOP high school students are exposed to various health career fields and introduced to academic requirements and campus life through a summer residential program. This program provides an educational pathway to health careers at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM), Kapiolani Community College, and Leeward Community College. During their college years, college students receive assistance as they pursue and complete their health degree program.

Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP)

GEAR UP provides college visits, tutoring, advising, counseling, test preparation workshops, a student club, and other academic enrichment activities for students, teachers, and parents. UH Ma-noa GEAR UP programs are available to Farrington and Waipahu secondary students.