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Career options in healthcare go well beyond becoming a doctor or a nurse.  The Employment and Training Administration has released a new guidebook Allied Health Access (AHA!) Guidebook: How to Develop Programs for Youth in Allied Health Careers.  This guide is designed for youth program planners and service providers and will help training providers design programs to prepare young people for careers.  Allied health encompasses at least 40 different professions including dental hygienist, dietitian, occupational or physical therapist, and radiographer.  It provides practical information about allied health occupations in order to create or expand programs and services leading to allied health opportunities.

Share some of the program innovations from your community that are aimed to train youth and young adults in the Allied Health Field!

For years, the general public viewed community colleges as “lesser quality” than four-year universities. Now community colleges across the country are busting at the seams with students or various ages and academic backgrounds who are seeking a flexible schedule and affordable education. However, because of the misconception about community colleges, many students are not prepared and finding themselves struggling to get through the program, in remediation multiple times, and at risk of failing and/or dropping out.

October 26 a Guest Post on New American Foundation states:  “What Students Don't Know About Community College Could Hurt Them”

“The recent White House Community College Summit succeeded in focusing well-deserved attention on community colleges and their role in providing students with opportunities to earn certificates and degrees. What was missing from the summit, however, was a call to action to bridge the divide between K-12 education and community colleges, which contributes to the nation’s low rates of college completion. It’s the students who pay the price for K-12 and postsecondary systems that are not connected -- by not being ready for college.”

What are some of your recommendations to assist youth transisiton to, and succeed in, post-secondary education?