Explore the Possibilities

Pomona, Calif. - 09/21/2006 -- Western University's Health Care Careers Explorers Program is looking for student, staff and faculty volunteers in all disciplines to help mentor Pomona area high school students. The program works to provide motivation, encouragement, and guidance to students so that they will complete high school and attend college. It also increases awareness of potential health care related careers and provides information about the education necessary to obtain a career in health care.

The Explorers program at WesternU, chaired by Dr. Clinton Adams, dean for the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, was initiated last year and was a huge hit among WesternU and Pomona Unified School District students. The high school students, who range between 14-20 years old, participated in monthly workshops facilitated by WesternU students from all colleges, exposing them to various health care careers and to higher education in general. More than 300 Pomona youths from Pomona High School, Diamond Ranch High School, Ganesha High School Village Academy and Garey High School, participated last year. Last year's workshop included a Health Careers Awareness Night, Clinical Skills Workshop, Emergency Medicine Workshop and a Human Anatomy Workshop.

"The Explorers Program has given me and a several other WesternU students, the opportunity to get involved in the Pomona community," said Mani Hudson, a medical student at WesternU and co-leader of the Explorer Program. "I think it's important for us to not just pass through the cities and towns where we receive our education, but rather to be engaged by what the community that surrounds our schools have to offer."

For more information on the program, please contact Ben or Mandi Hudson (bhudson@westernu.edu , mghudson@westernu.edu, or at (805) 458-3649).

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