Students in the CNMI are still interested in pursuing careers in the health care industry, according to Area Health Education Center Program director Dr. Faye Untalan.
Untalan led the 2007 Summer Health Career Program presentation of certificates to this year's participants Friday afternoon at the Pacific Islands Club Charley's Cabaret.
There were 21 high school students who participated in the summer program, a slight drop from the 23 who participated last year. Still, Untalan said this is an excellent turnout. The training was held from June 11 to 22.
The Summer Health Career Program aims to help high school students build an interest in the fields of health and sciences. The program wants to introduce young members of the CNMI community to the world of medicine and related subject areas.
The Area Health Education Center Program, which holds office at the Northern Marianas College, sponsored the training. Untalan said a University of Hawaii grant has funded the program and it's now on its third year on the island.
Untalan said it's the program's second year for the summer training. “This year had a lot of structure that deals with education fields such as Mathematics, English, and research,” she said.
Education Commissioner David M. Borja and Board of Education chair Roman C. Benavente attended the presentation of the participants, giving them inspirational speeches and urging them to keep the “flame of knowledge alive.”
The student participants did research on different diseases such as hydrocephalus, osteoporosis, breast cancer, schizophrenia, and mononucleosis.
Untalan expressed hope that health subjects could be integrated in the PSS curriculum as there is definitely a marked interest among young CNMI members in the health field.
Public school teachers led by Bree Reynolds also assisted during the two-week summer training program.