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Opportunities for Health Pathway Students

Health Occupations Center

Fall 2017 Orientation Information

You must attend one of the orientations held at the Health Occupations Cetner:

Wednesday, June 21 @ 5:00 pm

Veterinary Assistant

Administrative Medical Assistant

Medical Terminology/Medical Billing & Coding

Healthcare Interpreting

Thursday, June 22 @ 9:00 am or 5:00 pm

Emergency Medical Technician

Nurse Assistant (CNA)

Medical Assistant

Phlebotomy & Medical Lab Assistant

Friday, June 23 @ 9:00 am

Pharmacy Technician

Dental Assistant (RDA)

RN Refresher

The Health Occupations Center Entry Screening Test will be offered the week of June 26, 2017

Registration begins the week of July 10, 2017

FREE Basic Life Support (BLS) CPR and First Aid courses offered for Health Career Pathway students

Register for the 4-hour course through the American Heart Association (AHA) for Basic Life Support (BLS) or the 4-hour AHA First Aid course. All students must complete hands on skills testing and a written test to complete each course. At the end of the courses students that successfully complete the testing will receive an AHA certified Basic Life Support CPR card and/or an AHA certified First Aid card that is active for 2 years. These courses are FREE for all GHD Health Career Pathway students (average cost for these courses in San Diego is $60). Email Heather Peterson ( if you have any questions.

2017-2018 Dates

  • BLS ONLY: Tuesday, September 19, 3:30pm - 7:30pm @ Instructional Resources
  • BLS ONLY: Saturday, October 14, 8:30am - 1:00pm @ Health Occupations Center
  • FIRST AID ONLY: Thursday, November 30, 3:30pm - 7:30pm @ Instructional Resources
  • BLS ONLY: Saturday, December 9, 8:30am - 1:00pm @ Health Occupations Center
  • BLS ONLY: Tuesday, January 23, 3:30pm - 7:30pm @ Instructional Resources
  • BLS ONLY: Saturday, February 10, 8:30am - 1:00pm @ Instructional Resources
  • FIRST AID ONLY: Tuesday, February 20, 3:30pm - 7:30pm @ Instructional Resources
  • BLS & FIRST AID COURSE: Saturday, March 17, 8:00am - 4:00pm @ Instructional Resources
  • BLS ONLY: Saturday, April 14, 8:00am - 12:30pm @ Health Occupations Center
  • BLS & FIRST AID COURSE: Saturday, May 12, 8:00am - 4:00pm @ Health Occupations Center

Register for a Course HERE

Survivors of Torture, Int.

Organize a drive to provide hygiene and school supplies to patients for Survivors of Torture, Int. This can be done year round!

Contact if you are interested.

Noah Homes Enrichment Day

Organize a team to develop and provide an enrichment activity for the "folks" at Noah Homes. This can be done year round!

Contact if you are interested.


Palomar Pathmaker Internship Level I

The Pathmaker High School (Level I) internship is designed to give high school students unprecedented access to the inner-workings of the hospital system. Level I interns support staff members or college-level interns (Level II) who provide guidance on what it takes to succeed in college and what it means to work in the healthcare industry. These students experience daily operations in a healthcare setting while assisting with patient care tasks.

Location: Palomar Health

Duration: 6 months

Multiple Application cycles each year


San Diego Fire-Rescue Cadet Program

The San Diego Fire-Rescue Cadet Program is a youth oriented program focusing on a vocational study of a professional firefighting career with the City of San Diego. The program's mission is to enable Cadets to better understand a firefighting career through an experience that balances both classroom and hands-on learning. Each Cadet will learn mental and physical wellness, a sense of self-responsibility, personal growth, leadership, teamwork and fire prevention skills.

Location: Varies

Duration: 10 weeks; $3,000 - $4,000 stipend provided

Requirements: 16-21 yrs old; 2.0 minimum GPA

Deadline: Enroll year round; new cadets added every June and December

To Apply and For More Information Click HERE

SHARP Hospice Care Teen Volunteer Program

Sharp HospiceCare volunteers make a difference not only to patients, but to their loved ones as well. Volunteers are essential to the hospice team, providing services that Sharp otherwise could not offer. Just moments of time can provide an enormous amount of relief to families in the midst of end-of-life care.

Location: Opportunities throughout San Diego

Duration: Minimum 4 hours a week for a year

Application: Open year round

More information and Application HERE

Resident Leadership Academy

The Resident Leadership Academy (RLA) is a 20-hour training and internship with the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency. The RLA is a community service project that aims to identify ways that you can improve and benefit the health of your community.

Location: Any Health Pathway High School Campus

Duration: 20 hours

Requirements: Health Pathway students

Deadline: 3 RLA Academies at various high schools will be offered in the spring of 2018. Your health pathway coordinator will provide information when it becomes available.


UCSD Center for Healthy Aging HS STAR Program

​​​​​​​The Jackuelyn Harris ​​​​​​​​​​​​HS STAR program is designed to provide exceptional under represented junior and senior level high school students from San Diego with a chance to learn and practice the daily activities invo​lved in aging research alongside a UC San Diego faculty mentor. Students invest five weeks of their summer working under the leadership of a faculty mentor who is an experienced research scientist. Students join a research group and work on a project for thirty to thirty-five hours per week.

Location: UCSD

Duration: July 7 – August 11, 2017

Application Deadline: The 2017 application is closed

More Information and Application HERE

Life Science Summer Institute

Each year more than 300 high school students apply to LSSI for paid summer internship positions with San Diego’s world-renowned life sciences institutions.

Student Program Details:

  • Weeklong “boot camp” covering topics like biotechnology laboratory skills, safety practices and soft skills
  • Mentorship by a scientist and exposure to real-life science practices
  • College credit for the bootcamp at both Grossmont and Miramar College
  • College prep units for their internship through UCSD Extension
  • Micro-badge credential from UCSD Extension upon internship completion

Location: Varies

Duration: 8 weeks

Requirements: minimum 16 yrs old, 3.0 or higher GPA, commit to 40 hours per week

Deadline: The 2017 application is closed

For More Information Click HERE

Kaiser Permanente LAUNCH High School Summer Youth Employment Program

A Community Benefit Program geared primarily toward 11th and 12th grade students, the Kaiser Permanente LAUNCH High School Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) has been creating opportunities for underserved high school student populations since 1968. This program offers paid summer work experience at Kaiser Permanente facilities throughout California and encourage students to consider that life long learning and earning power begins with a high school diploma.

Location: Kaiser Permanente facilities

Duration: 8 weeks PAID employment

Requirements: 11th or 12th grade student

Deadline: The 2017 application is closed

Register HERE

Health Career Exploration Summer Institute (HESI)

Month long summer internship program in which students gain exposure to healthcare careers in the hospital by rotating through 10-15 hospital departments. Students also develop professional workplace skills and familiarize themselves with medical case studies. Limited spots available for East County students only.

Location: Sharp Grossmont Hospital

Duration: June 26 - July 21 (Calendar)

The deadline to apply has passed. Please apply next year!

Scripps High School Exploration Program

Learn about the Scripps "World of Healing" through a five-week internship that can help you prepare for an exciting and rewarding career in health care.

Location: Scripps Hospitals (exact location varies)

Duration: 5 weeks

Requirements: Health Pathway student, minimum 16 yrs. old, teacher recommendation, interview

The deadline to apply has passed. Please apply next year!

For more information contact Lindsay Petersen at 858.435.7179 or

Health Career Connection Summer Internship

Health Career Connection (HCC) is a comprehensive professional development program that provides paid summer internships to undergraduate and recent graduates in the field of public health and health care.

Location: Varies

Duration: 10 weeks; $3,000 - $4,000 stipend provided

Requirements: enrolled in an undergraduate program (community college or 4-year college or university)

The deadline to apply has passed. Please apply next year!

Other Opportunities

Volunteering & Community Service

CNSA-SDSU High School Mentorship Program

College mentors can be assigned and visit classes at least twice per month. Mentors can assist health pathway students by:

  • helping with college applications
  • presentations about self, college, responsibilities as a mentor
  • presentations about nursing school, college life, and career pathways in healthcare and nursing field
  • providing tutoring services
  • SDSU campus tours
  • Simulation and Skills lab tours
  • Serving on heatlh pathway advisory committees
  • Serving as a judge for student competitions or projects
  • Updating mentees on nursing events and deadlines (Nursing Revealed Conference, Men in Nursing Conference, Explore SDSU Open House, SDSU Nursing Program deadlines, Internships, Scholarships, etc.)

Please contact Sonia Lira at if interested

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