Welcome to Pathways!
|Our goal is to
serve as a resource for you as you navigate the pathway through school and,
ultimately, to a health career. Each month, you'll receive career and
college planning tips, advice and resources to help you make your
health career dreams a reality.
|BAM-BAM!! (is not just a character on the Flintstones)
"Success is not measured by heights obtained, but by
There are people who will tell you that you are nothing
and will never amount to nothing. But it's time to unplug from the folks who
tear down your psyche.
What your mind can conceive and your heart can believe, you
CAN achieve. Whatever your dream, you can make it a reality.
I didn't come up with the psychosocial theory or any other
psychological theories. But I did come up with the BAM-BAM theory.
- Believe in yourself
- Apply yourself
- Make wise decisions
If you will follow the BAM-BAM theory, you WILL succeed!"
Clyde Johnson, Jr., M.S.
Assistant director of Multicultural Student Services,
NC-HCAP's 2008 Inspirational Speakers in Science lecturer
The North Carolina Health Careers Access Program
(NC-HCAP) is located at
UNC-Chapel Hill. Additional campus-based centers are located at Elizabeth City State University, North Carolina Central University, and the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.
Established in 1971 by Dr. Cecil G. Sheps, we work to increase the number of underrepresented minorities or
economically and/or educationally disadvantaged students who are
educated, trained and employed in the health professions.
more than 35 years, we have provided thousands of students with a
variety of programs and activities to raise their awareness of
opportunities available within the health professions and to increase
their competitiveness as a health professional school applicant.
We're always here to assist you. Simply contact us at:
| Health Careers 101
If you're thinking about a career in nursing, NURSE ANESTHETIST may be an option for you to consider.
Did you know...?
anesthetists administer approximately 65 percent of anesthetics given
to patients in the United States, and are the sole anesthesia providers
in more than two-thirds of rural hospitals.
-- Mercer University School of Medicine
As a key member of the operating team, the certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) combines nursing skills with the science of anesthesia and works with a physician or dentist to administer and monitor anesthesia.
Nurse anesthetists may work in an emergency room, dental office, outpatient setting, or anywhere anesthesia is administered.
Salary: $125,000 or more
Education: Programs in nurse anesthesia are open to licensed registered nurses with a bachelor's degree and at least one year of nursing experience. Length of programs vary from 2 - 3 years.
Hot Link: American Academy of Nursing
Source: NC-HCAP Health Careers Information & Enrichment Workshop manual
College Admissions Officers Using Facebook, MySpace, and Other Social
Networking Sites to Block Students
Those risqué stories and crazy party pictures you posted on
Facebook and MySpace are just harmless fun. Right?
Nobody, other than your
friends, will ever see them. Right?
RIGHT?? Well, not necessarily. What you
post on-line CAN come back to haunt you.
By: Steven Rothberg
A recent study by the University of Massachusetts
Dartmouth found that 25 percent of college
admissions offices admit to using search engines such as Google, Yahoo, and MSN
to research potential students and that 20 percent look for the same
information on social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace.
A study of 453 private and public colleges and universities in 49 states found that the college admissions
officers were very familiar with technology such as social networking sites,
blogs, and message boards. In fact, the study revealed that the admissions
personnel were more comfortable with these new media than their corporate
recruiting counterparts. "Students need to understand that their social network
sites are being examined by colleges and universities,"
said Nora Barnes, a
professor in UMass Dartmouth's Charlton College of Business and one of the
researchers for the study. "The content of their sites could have far-reaching
effects on their academic futures if they are not careful."
So how are college admissions officers using the information they uncover when
they search MySpace, Facebook, and other Web pages? It
is unlikely that colleges are using these sites to research
every applicant or even all those they intend to admit. But in any
recruiting process, there are going to be candidates who definitely will be
accepted, others who definitely will be rejected, and then a big chunk who fall into a grey zone. It is likely these candidates in the grey zone who will benefit or suffer the
most from their digital dirt.
If a college is choosing between two equally qualified
candidates and one has a blog that contains thoughtful information about topics
related to his career path while the other has a MySpace page that has photos
and other information about how he enjoys getting drunk, it is only logical
that the college or employer will choose the blogger as that candidate has
exhibited better judgment and has built for himself a positive on-line brand.
-- Steven Rothberg is the President and Founder of CollegeRecruiter.com, and is an avid proponent of Facebook, MySpace and other social networking
sites and can be reached at facebook.com/steven_rothberg.
Source: Recruiting Trends
Question of the Month
Do you have a college or career planning question you'd like to ask? If so, email Mrs. Rivera at [email protected] Each month, at least one question will be answered right here in Pathways.
I am afraid of picking the wrong college. What things should I consider when choosing a college?
Senior, High Point, NC
the Right College
Different schools fit
a college is a major decision. It is also a personal one. What may be the
perfect college for your best friend may not be right for you. Look at the
criteria listed below and decide which is most important to you. Then, keep
that criteria in mind when you're looking at colleges. There may be one school
that rises to the top in every category, but there also may be several colleges
where you will find success.
(1)Diversity of Academic Offerings: Larger schools will have more
professors and usually offer a wider variety of courses, specialized equipment,
and larger research libraries. However, smaller schools develop special
programs in selected fields and can match the opportunities at the larger school
in a specific program.
(2) Focus on Research and Graduate Students: Most large universities offer master's
and doctorate degrees, so their faculty members spend considerable time doing
research and working with graduate students. This may lead to some courses
being taught by graduate teaching assistants. At schools with fewer graduate
degrees, faculty members are more involved in teaching undergraduate courses
and may be more accessible.
(3) School & Class Size: At
larger colleges and universities, there may be more cultural events and a greater variety of activities. With a larger student body, it
might be easier to find a club or group of people with similar interests. Smaller colleges offer fewer activities and
student groups, but you may have more opportunities for leadership roles.
(4) Diversity of Student Activities: Larger colleges and universities offer
more cultural activities and a greater variety of activities. Smaller colleges
offer fewer activities and student groups, but you may have more opportunities
for leadership roles.
(5) Student Body Composition: While you are likely to meet interesting and
different people wherever you go to college,
it is important to consider the kind of student body you are interested in joining.
(6) Location: Things you may want to consider include distance from home,
opportunities, cost of living, and
opportunities for part-time employment and internships.
(7) Cost of Attendance: DO NOT rule out any school based on cost alone prior to finding out what you could receive in
financial aid. North Carolina's
public colleges and universities are supported by state tax dollars, while private colleges and universities are not. Even though initial tuition and fees may be lower at a
public university, keep in mind that scholarships, grants and work-study
opportunities might make an independent college or university just as
Source: The College Foundation of North Carolina
College Planning and Preparation
Tap into a wealth of college-related resources. Connect to
college planning and preparation tools at www.collegeboard.com.
Explore a wide variety of scholarships for college at http://www.fastweb.com/.
School Seniors, electronically submit the Free Application for Federal
Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov/.
Meet Mrs. Rivera
the pre-college coordinator, Mrs. Koyah Rivera is responsible for
planning, developing and implementing pre-college outreach
initiatives across North Carolina.
joining NC-HCAP, Ms. Rivera was employed as a college admissions
at Shaw University in Raleigh. She has served as a Language Arts
teacher for Wake County Public Schools and TV news producer/writer at
two NBC TV stations. She is also the founder/executive director/TV host
of Beyond Gifted, Inc., a non-profit organization which produces the
"Beyond Gifted" television program to assist K-12 students in
developing post-secondary plans to reach school and life success. She
received dual B.A. degrees in communications and English from the
University of North Carolina at Wilmington.