High School Students

High School Students

MAHEC offers a variety of opportunities for high school students in Western North Carolina to learn more about health careers and build the skills that will help them pursue them.

Our Center for Health Professions Education provides a number of programs for high school students to increase their awareness of health careers with the aim of expanding the healthcare workforce and diversity in Western North Carolina. We provide practical information to assist students in making informed decisions about potential careers in healthcare.

We provide a variety of educational opportunities for high school students across WNC.

The Minority Medical Mentoring Program is designed for under-represented minority high school seniors enrolled in Asheville City and Buncombe County schools that participate in school-sanctioned internships.

This program is a collaborative effort of the Asheville-Buncombe Institute of Parity Achievement, MAHEC, Mission Health, and the Western Carolina Medical Society.



Project PROMISE (Providing Rural Opportunities in Medicine through Inspiring Service and Education) provides educational and experiential opportunities for motivated rural high school students with a sincere interest in healthcare. 


TEAM Health Careers Club: Teen Education, Awareness, and Mentoring is for 9th to 12th grade students in Western North Carolina. It’s a unique enrichment experience that introduces them to the countless possibilities in the health field, and to professionals within that field. Students will gain crucial leadership skills while learning about careers in the fields of Pharmacy, Family Medicine, Public Health, and more!



Our Health Careers Summer Camp at UNC Asheville for rural high school students provides four days of hands-on experiences including health sciences workshops and clinical shadowing in a variety of health professions.

Programs and workshops are offered throughout the year including SAT and ACT prep courses, college readiness workshops, and science workshops for students interested in health careers. For more information and registration, click here.


Our Health Careers Education Awareness Conference, held annually in October, provides information, resources, and education to high school students from the 18 westernmost counties of North Carolina interested in pursuing a career in healthcare. This annual conference attracts between 250 and 300 high school students and more than 100 healthcare professionals, educators, community leaders, and health science students.

For additional resources about pursing a health career and information on scholarships, click here.

NOTE: Due to changes implemented as a result of COVID-19, we are currently prioritizing clinical shadowing experiences for students from affiliated schools and programs based on need and availability.