Programs and Partners

These are past events we have done.
Watch for upcoming activities listed under our Camps and Enrichment Programs page.

“Day in the Life”
Health Profession Shadowing Experience

NWI AHEC partners with Nursing 2000 North to provide a shadowing opportunity for interested students. These one day events are usually offered twice a year, once in the fall and in the spring.

Nurse with Patient

Northwest Indiana “DSI”- Dental Summer Institute at
Indiana University Northwest

This is a three day program for high school students from Gary , Hammond , and East Chicago that may be interested in a dental career. Participants will engage in hands-on activities such as making crowns and fillings for teeth, using models to take radiographs, observing dentists in practice, and having their teeth cleaned by dental hygiene students. The cost for this program is $10.00 and is limited to the first 20 students that return completed applications along with payment.


Discover Nursing Camps at college campuses across northern Indiana

These 4 day camps are located in Lake, Porter, La Porte, St. Joseph and Marshall Counties. They provide an opportunity for high school students to meet college faculty and their nursing students. Campers spend the first 2 days learning basic nursing skills in the campus labs. They spend the next 2 days at a local hospital shadowing nurses in various departments and seeing the different types of care they provide. The camps are usually held from 8:00am to 4:00pm. There is a $50.00 fee for the nursing camps, but scholarships are available for those in need.

*2-Day Mini Nursing camps are also being offered in Rensselaer/ Jasper Co, Logansport/Cass Co. and Kokomo/Howard Co. These are at a reduced rate with only one day being spent on campus and one day at the hospital*


Summer Health Science Program
at Indiana University Northwest

This program explores science through hands-on lab experiences, researches topics and tours a local hospital to learn more about health careers by interacting with healthcare professionals. This is a 4-6 week program that meets Monday through Friday from 8:00am -12:00pm. It is open to high school students in Gary and Merrillville. There is no fee for this program but students outside of Gary must make your own transportation arrangements.

Patient Using Inhaler
Patient Getting Physical Therapy
Operating Room

Health Career Academy at Ivy Tech Community College (Gary & East Chicago)

Spend a week examining careers in healthcare and allied health through hands-on activities. This program introduces careers in Respiratory Therapy, Physical Therapy Assisting, Surgical Technology, Phlebotomy, Medical Assisting, Nursing and Forensic Science. Practice using some of the tools needed for these jobs. Find out if these would be good career choices for you. Learn about the training requirements and what you can do to prepare for college and the entrance exams. This health career academy is Monday through Friday (July 13-17) from 9:00 am until noon for high school students and 1:00pm until 4:00pm for middle school students. There is no fee for this program but limited to 15-20 students in each session.

Man Gardening

Grow Our Own… Future Healthcare Professionals at Purdue University North Central

This is a five day program open to middle school teachers and students in Starke County . Sessions will begin at 8:00am and end at 12:00 noon. Transportation will be provided from Knox Middle School to Purdue North Central each day, leaving at 7:15 am and returning at 12:45pm. While on campus participants will explore biology through hands-on activities. This program is designed to inspire students, stimulate their interest in science and health and provide teachers with instructional materials to use in the classroom. Funding to support this program is being provided by Starke County Community Foundation.

Medical Personnel

Health Careers Exploration Camp

This 3 day camp was offered at Indiana University Health LaPorte and Stark Hospitals whereby students spent the first two days at the hospital learning about and shadowing various heathcare professions. On the last day they were bussed to Purdue North Central for hands-on learning activities that focused on Public Health. While on campus they had the opportunity to visit and work in the biology, nursing and cadaver labs.