Middle & High School

Southern Vermont AHEC offers school presentations, afterschool enrichment, extended summer programming, and job shadow opportunities. Southern Vermont AHEC would love to share with your students the numerous and exciting possibilities of a career in health! For middle school and high school programming, contact Amanda Richardson, Director of Health Careers Exploration at arichardson@svtahec.org

summer opportunities 2024

Health & Medicine Institute hosted in partnership with The Governor’s Institutes of Vermont

Students taking one another's blood pressures.

Part of the student’s learning experience includes practicing with tools used by healthcare providers.  These two students are using a sphygmomanometer or “blood pressure cuff” to take one another’s blood pressure.

For Grades: 9-11

At this Institute you will:

  • Explore careers in health science, research, and medicine.
  • Practice hands-on medical skills like assessing vital signs and interviewing patients.
  • Earn certifications in CPR, First Aid, and Emergency First Responder.
  • Choose from a variety of hands-on lab activities and workshops led by health professionals and college faculty.
  • Work closely with medical student mentors throughout the week.
  • Have the time of your life!

Southern Session:

Sunday, July 14th – Saturday, July 20th, 2024 @ Vermont State University Castleton Campus

June 24th, 2024 – June 27th, 2024 Introductory Virtual Program

For more information, and to apply visit: Governor’s Institutes of Vermont

Health Career Exploration Activities and Presentations
Project PAVE (Pathways by AHECs using VR Education)

Southern Vermont AHEC is one of 7 regions nationally to receive federal funds via the National AHEC Organization’s US Department of Labor Workforce Pathways grant. These funds will enable us to bring virtual reality technologies for health career exploration and skill-building to youth ages 14-21.

We’re excited to get the PAVE project running in 2024 and are looking to partner with schools and youth-serving organizations to share the amazing VR modules by Transfr with youth during out-of-school time in Southern Vermont.

This student is doing a healthcare skills module using virtual reality technology. 

Two MedQuest students practice CPR on a lifelike medical mannequin that is used in a simulation lab at Rutland Regional Medical Center.


MedQuest is our longstanding program for high school youth to explore health careers.

In 2024, we’re hosting a free MedQuest Health Careers Expo on May 8th from 3-7pm at Rutland Recreation Community Center, 134 Community Drive, Rutland, Vermont.

We’re also launching MedQuest Pop-Ups around our region. More details coming soon! To sign up for notifications about MedQuest opportunities:

Classroom and Afterschool Activities

Southern Vermont AHEC staff are happy to visit any classroom (middle school, high school, college) or afterschool program to provide health career exploration activities, resources, and materials. Presentations can be tailored to any topic and audience.

Some popular presentation modules include:

  • Introduction/Overview of Health Careers with an activity on how to research career information online
  • Healthcare Teamwork Simulation Activity with Potato head toys
  • Therapeutic/Clinical Careers with suture activity
  • Mental/Behavioral Health Careers with self-care kit activity
  • Public Health Careers with health empathy activity

To schedule any of the listed activity options for your classroom or group, or to propose something new, please contact: Amanda Richardson, Director of Health Careers Exploration at arichardson@svtahec.org

Medicine is teamwork. Here students learn and apply team-building skills with a little help from Mr. Potato Head.

Two students from Allen Street Campus in Rutland, along with faculty Betty Hughes and Carol Renfrow, are in the sterilization room at Rutland Regional Medical Center.

HERO (Health Education Resources and Opportunities) Afterschool Program

HERO is an afterschool program connecting middle and high school students to health professionals who have volunteered to engage in activities focused on exploring health careers. The goal of the program is to increase health literacy and career planning for participating students.

The program currently works with 7-12th graders attending Rutland City Public Schools Allen Street Campus but welcomes expansion to other afterschool programs in Southern Vermont.



368 River Street, Suite 145
Springfield, VT 05156

p. 802-885-2126
f. 802-885-2128
e. info@svtahec.org

Open Monday – Friday, 8AM – 4PM.

Media Contacts & Inquiries

Media members may contact Marketing & Communications Manager, Peg Bolgioni during normal business hours.

802.885.2126 x10


A 501(c)(3) organization serving Addison, Bennington, Rutland, Windham, and Windsor counties in partnership with The University of Vermont Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine