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.
change you want to see in the world."
- Mahatma Gandhi
ever looked out at the world and wished that things could be different? That
things could change?
This quote from Gandhi shows us that we
don't have to wait for others to bring that change to our society. Through the
things that we do on a daily basis - like helping others, community service
activities, etc. - WE can create the change we want to see.
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
Each year, more than 26 million people in the United States
undergo medical procedures requiring anesthesia. Do you know who delivers this
A nurse anesthetist.
A certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) is a key member of a surgical team. A CRNA combines nursing skills with the science of anesthesia and works with physicians or dentists to administer and monitor anesthesia.
In addition to a hospital operating room, a nurse anesthetist may also 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 two to three years.
Hot Link: American Academy of Nursing
Source: NC-HCAP Health Careers Information & Enrichment Workshop manual
FASA Day-February 21
School Seniors: If you need help completing financial
aid forms for college, then keep reading!
Need Help Finding Money for College?
On Saturday, February 21, college
financial aid officers and other financial aid specialists will help seniors
complete and electronically submit their Free Application for
Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Forms. The program is open to students who plan to
attend college in the 2009-10 academic year, and will be held at 65 sites
across North Carolina.
To find a location near you or to register, visit the College Foundation of North Carolina
on the Web or call them at 866-866-CFNC.
Aid for North Carolinians now Available Online
The 2008-09 edition of Student Financial Aid
for North Carolinians is available on the
Internet. This volume provides extensive
information, including eligibility requirements, deadlines, and application
procedures for dozens of scholarships, grants, and other funding opportunities
for North Carolina
students. Also included are sections highlighting government programs and
privately-funded programs, tax incentives, and funding opportunities for
specific disciplines, students with disabilities, and veterans and their
dependents. To access this resource, visit College Foundation of North Carolina
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.
Question: Do you have any tips for handling the stress of waiting to hear if I'm accepted into the colleges I applied to?
So, you've applied to college...now, the wait is on. January, February, and March are tense times for everyone involved in the college admissions process. Bruce Walker, vice provost and director of admissions
at the University of Texas, offers 10 tips to keep you from going nuts while you wait:1. Take ownership of your application.
admissions office to make sure they received all your materials.
2. Don't second-guess yourself. Don't worry about things you could have done differently with your application. Instead, congratulate yourself on a job well done and relax knowing you did your best and it is out of your hands.
3. Put down the phone. Don't call the admissions office to ask why you haven't heard anything. Chill out, knowing that everyone is working as fast as possible
to bring the madness to a close.
4. Get busy with next steps. Whether you are accepted or not, there will be things to do next. Get
started on them now. Form a back-up plan in case you don't get in and start completing the forms for
financial aid or scholarships.
5. Express your gratitude. Write thank you notes to the people who
helped you in the application process: those who wrote letters of
recommendation, your counselor who helped you "get your stuff
together," or a
teacher who helped you organize your thoughts for the essay.
6. Prepare for disappointment. Prepare an emotional plan for how you will
react if the news isn't 100 percent good.
7. Make a list. Write down all the good things
about your alternate choices, keeping in mind
all the good things they have to offer.
8. Don't be a martyr.
It is easy to cop a "poor me" attitude when your friends are getting acceptance letters and you aren't. Most admissions offices operate on a rolling admission
basis and notify students as soon as they are able to reach a decision. The delay you are experiencing
could be something as simple as your having applied to a major that is
being considered on a slightly different time schedule. So stay positive.
9. Don't lose twice.
Senior year of high school is supposed to be fun. Enjoy the special events - prom, senior
trip, awards day, yearbook signing parties - and don't let
something that might happen in the college admission process ruin this
special time in your life.
10. Plan a do-over. U.S. higher
education has built-in opportunities for second chances. If you find
you are unhappy at your "dream" college or if you're never going to be
happy until you are at your dream college, there is a second chance to
get it right: transfer. Good luck!
Source: U.S. News and World Report "Professors Guide" by Lynn F. Jacobs, Jeremy S. Hyman
College Planning and Preparation
Find information on
college careers & majors, the college application process, and financial
aid at www.collegeview.com.
information about additional health professions enrichment programs,
activities, and summer camps in your local area, contact the NC Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) in your area.
Find a listing of free information from the U.S.
Department of Education on preparing for and funding your education beyond high
school at www.studentaid.ed.gov.
Explore various health careers, read about students and professionals in the
health field, and even locate information on current health-related issues and
topics at www.explorehealthcareers.org.
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.