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The Gateway to Health Careers Project establishes health science programs in communities in the Texas panhandle outside Amarillo. It is designed to increase the healthcare workforce through a combination of distance learning and clinic experience.

Web-based didactic instruction is provided by Amarillo Area Center for Advanced Learning (AACAL) in Amarillo ISD, which utilizes the digital bridge supplied by Region 16 Education Service Center. Students gain their clinical experiences in SimCentral's Mobile Simulation Lab and through patient  interactions provided by their community hospitals, long term care facilities or EMS services.

The project provides a clearly-articulated Program of Study in Health Science Technology where students can graduate high school with an endorsement in Public Service through the House Bill 5: Foundation High School Program.

Partner School Districts

Highland Park ISD         Sanford-Fritch ISD           Dimmitt ISD                 Borger ISD                  Bovina ISD                   SpearmanISD                      Canadian ISD               Wellington ISD                   Tulia ISD                      Happy ISD                     Gruver ISD

Gateway Collaborators

Amarillo Area Center for Advanced Learning
Coalition of Health Services, Incorporated
College Partners:
     Amarillo College
     Texas Tech University 
        Health Sciences, Amarillo
     West Texas A&M University
 Texas Panhandle Coalition
        for Nursing