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Building A Pipeline

Our Goal

To provide students in the Upstate of South Carolina with opportunities, experiences, and skills that will allow them to grow into successful Healthcare Professionals

We have a variety of opportunities that you can become a part of, be sure to check them out!

Upstate AHEC’s Health Careers Academy (HCA) is a four year, interactive, academic-based program designed to encourage and prepare high school students to enter health careers.

Learn more about our Health Careers Academy.

SEP is an integrative summer internship program where students shadow, volunteer, and explore the healthcare environment.

Learn more information about our Summer Enrichment Program.

The Undergraduate Leaders Program is an initiative that provides support and resources to Undergraduate students with an interest in pursuing a career in the healthcare field. Students in the program will have the opportunity to participate in webinars, courses, and activities that will support their transition to the next step in the pipeline.

Learn more about our Undergraduate Leaders program.

The Bennie M. Pettit Scholarship Program was established in 2017 in recognition of the long years of service provided Mrs. Pettit as the Director of Continuing Professional Development – Live Programming at Upstate AHEC. The program was established to promote a broad range of professional health occupations by awarding scholarships for attendance at institutions of higher learning.

Learn more about the Bennie M. Pettit Scholarship Program.

S.T.E.A.M: Careers in Health is a free, virtual career exploration experience for students and parents of students grades 9th and above. Practicing professionals will provide insight into health-related careers and their experiences in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM). Each session will spotlight educational paths, experiential opportunities, and resources to support student success. Learn more about the program here.

AHEC Alumni

 Calling all practicing Health Career Professionals and past participants of SC AHEC Health Careers Programs!  If you have participated in the  South Carolina Association of Future Health Professionals, the AHEC Student Development and Diversity Program (SDDP), The Health Careers Academy (HCA) or any other healthcare career club, LET US KNOW!

Get Involved

If you are a practicing professional in the field of healthcare and are interested in partnering with Upstate AHEC Health Careers Program, complete our Community Partners & Volunteers Form. We are always looking for speakers, mentors, and preceptor sites for our students!

Contact Us!

For more information or questions, please contact our Health Careers Program Coordinators, LaToya Dodson at , Victoria Johnson at or at

South Carolina AHEC Health Careers Program Coordinators

South Carolina AHEC
Paula Jones
Health Careers Program Director
(p) 843-792-4443
(f) 864-792-4430

Low Country AHEC
Jalacy Green
87 Academy Road
Walterboro, SC 29488
(p) 843-782-5052
(f) 843-782-5053

Mid-Carolina AHEC 
Whitney Rojas
PO Box 2049
Lancaster, SC 29721
(p) 803-286-4121
(f) 803-286-4165

Pee Dee AHEC 
Matthew Peake
PO Box 100551
Florence, SC 29501
(p) 843-777-5351
(f) 843-777-5354

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