NCHSE Board Update Summary May 2014

Read about Board proceedings on the May 2014 conference call

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

NCHSE Annual Board Meeting Summary

The National Consortium for Health Science Education (NCHSE) Board of Directors held the 2014 Annual Board meeting in sunny Santa Barbara, California, January 29-30.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Data Standards for Workforce Credentials

A newly formed coalition of 20 states is trying to create joint data standards and data sharing agreements for non-degree credentials, like industry certifications. While demand is high for these credentials, data is scarce on whether students are able to meet industry-specified competencies.

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Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Enhanced Questions on the National Health Science Assessment

NCHSE wants to ensure that health science educators are aware of improvements made to the 2013-24 National Health Science Assessments . . .

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

National Consortium for Healh Science Education: Expanding Professional Development Opportunities for Classroom Teachers

Fifty-one health science education teachers representing twenty-one states were nominated by health science education state leaders to participate in a first of its kind professional development opportunity, the 2013 Health Science Master Teacher Institute, Growing Excellence, sponsored by the National Consortium of Health Science Education, November 14-16 at the Chicago Embassy Suites O'Hare Rosemont.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

National Healthcare Foundation Standard 7 Change

To remain consistent with current language from the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), the National Consortium for Health Science Education (NCHSE) has the updated accountability criteria for:

Foundation Standard 7 Safety Practices
7.4 Common Safety Hazards
7.41 Recognize Materials Safety Data Sheets (MSDS).
Changed to:
7.41 Recognize Safety Data Sheets (SDSs)

OSHA revised its Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to align with the United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) and published it in the Federal Register in March 2012 (77 FR 17574). Two significant changes contained in the revised standard require the use of new labeling elements and a standardized format for Safety Data Sheets (SDSs), formerly known as, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs). The new label elements and SDS requirements will improve worker understanding of the hazards associated with the chemicals in their workplace. To help companies comply with the revised standard, OSHA is phasing in the specific requirements over several years. (December 1, 2013 to June 1, 2016).

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Health Science Program of Study Implementation in Rural Alaska

Rural high schools in Alaska are implementing Health Science Programs of Study with the assistance of regional Area Health Education Centers (AHECs) and State of Alaska, Department of Labor & Workforce Development (DOL/WD) grant funding. Two years of successful outreach and facilitation in small rural communities in the Interior of Alaska has resulted in five high schools implementing a Health Science Program of Study and a planned expansion of the AHEC program to the Southeast Region.

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Ohio's New Health Science Career Field Content Standards

Linda O'Connor, Assistant Director, Career Technical Education at the Ohio Department of Education and NCHSE Board member invites you to take a look at the new health science career field content standards. Ohio looks forward to researching and reviewing more opportunities for middle school career-tech programs that introduce students to health professions at an earlier age.

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

West Virginia Department of Education Division of Career and Technical Education Partnership

The West Virginia Department of Education Division of Career and Technical Education in partnership with the West Virginia Partnership for Elder Living, the West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services and other private and for-profit community health agencies have developed a competency based test for direct care workers who work in home and community based settings.

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Precision Exams to Deliver Health Science Assessments

The National Consortium for Health Science Education (NCHSE) and Precision Exams have formed a partnership to deliver the National Health Science Assessment.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

NCHSE Presentations at National Conferences

One key to creating consistency nationwide in health science education programs and promoting the work of the NCSHE is having a presence at national conferences that have relevance and focus on this work. During the period September 2012 to October 2013, NCHSE participated in panels, exhibited and shared resources, and provided presentations at the following:

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Friday, September 13, 2013

Resources: Career Planning for Audiologist or Speech-Language Pathologist

Health science educators are encouraged to share information about careers in audiology and speech language pathology. These communication sciences and disorders (CSD) professions offer great opportunities for students interested in health science. Embarking on a career in CSD is exciting, but determining the educational requirements can be challenging.

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Thursday, September 05, 2013

2013 HOSA Scholarship Awards Announced

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2013 HOSA Scholarships of $1,000 provided through the NCHSE-HOSA partnership

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Thursday, September 05, 2013

NCHSE Phone Number and Facebook Page

Please note that NCHSE has a new telephone number: 517-908-8240. Also, please follow (and Like!) us on Facebook for more news, announcements, photos, and more.

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Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Save the Date!

Save the date for NCHSE Curriculum Conference.

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Creating Safe Workplace Conditions For Health Care Personnel

The basic precondition of a safe workplace is protection of the physical and psychological safety of the

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Monday, June 03, 2013

Closing IT Talent Gap in Health Care

The U.S. health care industry faces a number of challenges finding skilled employees.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Nursing the Movie

Nursing the Movie shows the impact nurses have on patients, families, doctors, and policy makers.

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

What Will Education Look Like in 2028

Technology is on the verge to completely reshape education. Here is a very interesting perspective on how that may happen.

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Grant Alert!

State Farm Good Neighbor Student Achievement Grants Due June 14

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

4 Tips To Be A Great CTE Teacher

Being a CTE educator takes work. Here are four great lessons learned to become a better one.

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Friday, April 12, 2013

Notes from the Board

The annual board meeting of the National Consortium for Health Science Education (NCHSE) was held in Saint Petersburg, Florida, January 30-31, 2013. Board members, NCHSE Publishers Coalition members, and invited guests participated in the business of the consortium to include updates and highlights of the 2012 projects and activities and state of the association information.

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Friday, February 15, 2013

YSA Releases Two New Free Resources

Two new resources are available for downloading - - STEMester of Service: Engaging Students through High-Quality Service and Learning and the Kids in Action Guide, to help you make a difference in your world. Download these guides today for tips and tricks on starting a service project, tools to keep your project on track, and real life examples from people like you!

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Tuesday, February 05, 2013

October 4 NCHSE Board Update Notes

Read the notes from the latest Board conference call.

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Thursday, November 08, 2012

NCPN Conference: Productive Partnerships + Individual Achievement=Global Competitiveness

The 2012 National Career Pathways Network (NCPN) Annual Conference was extremely relevant to the work of the National Consortium for Health Science Education(NCHSE.) Increasing numbers of people, institutions, and agencies recognize that Career Pathways is what this country needs to bring relevancy to education and increased skills to the workplace.

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Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Updated Pathway Standards

The Health Science Pathway Standards have been revalidated as of July 2012. The Pathway Standards have also been crosswalked to the Common Career Technical Core.

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Thursday, September 06, 2012

New for 2012-13 Academic Year!

Bring Well-Deserved Attention to Your Program!
Four Assessment School Banner Options

Primary purposes of the National Health Science Assessment School Banner are:

- To gain greater visibility for health science education programs within schools and communities
- To promote opportunities for program and student recognitions

Schools using the assessment are encouraged to choose one of the template options, customize with their school/program name if desired, have printed, and display in a prominent place on their campuses.

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Foundation Standard 11: Information Technology Applications

The accountability criteria for Information Technology Applications have been updated.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Health Care Field Offers Hope in a Tough Time for Refugees in Idaho

Submitted by: Joanne Clovis, M.Ed., RN, Idaho State Health Professions Program Manager/State HOSA Advisor

The College of Western Idaho'™s (CWI) Business Partnerships | Workforce Development offers nursing assistant courses for students of culturally diverse backgrounds through the Multi-cultural Nursing Assistant Program. The partnership with CWI'™s ESL program, the Department of Labor, Bank of America, the CWI Foundation, Idaho Refugee Resettlement Agencies and others has build a quality, success-oriented program.

The article describes the challenges and the numbers of refugees re-settling in the Treasure Valley. All of the companies mentioned in the article have worked together to deliver nurse aide training, which is now a fully developed specialty course, Multi-cultural Nursing Assistant.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Students Provide Feedback on ED's "Blueprint for Transforming CTE"

Posted on July 3, 2012 by Samuel Ryan

Secretary Arne Duncan and Assistant Secretary for Vocational and Adult Education Brenda Dann-Messier recently met with student members from Career and Technical Student Organizations to discuss the department's Blueprint for Transforming Career and Technical Education (CTE.)

"We're really here to hear your stories and to listen," Duncan told the students. "Honestly, you guys are doing some really interesting things. CTE is something that we really think has been an underutilized tool that helps young people build positive futures, stay in school, and get good jobs."

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Nevada Plans Health Information Management Training for Health Science Teachers

For more information: Randi Hunewill, Nevada Department of Education,

Nevada health science teachers will participate in a professional development workshop focusing on new health information technology standards. The Nevada Career and Technical Education (CTE) State Department has implemented a career sequencing that includes the following courses: Medical Terminology, Health Information Management I, and Health Information Management II.

Randi Hunewill, the Nevada health science educational professional is working closely with their health Information technology state specialist to fulfill the upcoming workforce needs in this area. The professional development event is scheduled July 24, 2012 in Lake Tahoe. Instructors who attend will be exposed to and have an opportunity to work with the E*value health management system and electronic health records. Other topics will include HIPAA training and curriculum development for this program area. Several new programs will be implemented in Nevada secondary schools to promote careers in the health informatics pathway. Workforce predictions have suggested 6,000 new jobs to Nevada in the health information area.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Consortium Executive Committee Shares Updates

Committee work, curriculum conference plans, updates to career specialty chart, and the inclusion of health informatics management content were just a few of the topics discussed on the first-of-its-kind board update call last month. Plans are to continue these calls at least two times a year in an attempt to brief board members on activities and projects, and encourage input and suggestions from all members.

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Monday, July 02, 2012

Health Information Technology... What's in a Name?

What’s the difference between health information technology, health information management, and health informatics?

Ned Sheerin
Applied Educational Systems

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Friday, March 23, 2012

Three Things I Learned from NCHSE

I always learn a lot when I attend the Annual Board of Directors Meeting for the National Consortium for Health Science Education (NCHSE). This year was no exception.

Ned Sheerin
Applied Educational Systems

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Friday, March 23, 2012

Making the Most of Your Shadowing Experiences

How did you decide that you wanted to become a physician…a nurse…a physical therapist? Chances are you learned about these health careers by seeing them portrayed on TV shows, or perhaps inspired by seeing a member of the health care team in action, maybe treating you or a member of your family.

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Monday, March 12, 2012

Best bets for jobs in 2012

Looking forward to 2012, there is cautious optimism that the economy -- and the job market -- will continue to improve. If you're a job seeker, consider exploring a career in one of these nine occupations, all of which are expected to grow in 2012. (Four of the nine occupations are healthcare related).

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Monday, December 19, 2011

Microburst Learning Sponsor Spotlight – SC Hospital Association

The South Carolina Hospital Association along with the South Carolina Department of Education, Office of Career and Technology Education (Health Science Education) have partnered with Microburst Learning to expand recruitment efforts beyond adult audiences to create greater awareness among students in middle and high schools about the need for trained health professionals to work in hospitals and clinics.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

South Carolina Students Embrace Biomedical Sciences at Ashley Ridge High School

Mapping DNA, exploring human medicine, dissecting organs, analyzing bone features, sounds like a class in medical school, but students at Ashley Ridge High School are doing just that, and they're getting a big head start.

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Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Disaster Recovery and Emergency Training Simulator Unit to Roll Across State

The Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, the Oklahoma State Department of Health and Kiamichi Technology Center partnered to create this mobile unit for training and emergency response to be used throughout the state.

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Monday, November 28, 2011

New Report Finds Best Education Pathways Out of Jobless Recovery

The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce has released a new report in collaboration with the National Research Center for Career and the Technical Education and the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium.

The report, Career Clusters: Forecasting Demand for High School Through College Jobs, 2008-2018, identifies 16 career clusters that represent the full array of related occupational opportunities and education requirements.

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Friday, November 18, 2011

Personal Responsibility: Financing Your Health Sciences Education

Who is really responsible for the challenges of financing a college degree and in particular, a health sciences education? The simple answer is that ultimately you are, but the good news is that you should have a lot of help along the way.

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

American Dental Association Launches GoDental

The American Dental Education Association (ADEA), Division of Educational Pathways is excited to announce the launch of GoDentalSM, a new career building and social networking site.

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Monday, September 26, 2011

Investing in Education is Smart Business

In an opinion piece for U.S. News & World Report, Deirdre Connelly, president of North American Pharmaceuticals at GlaxoSmithKline, writes that "the skills derived from STEM education are the mission critical elements of the jobs of tomorrow.

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Friday, September 09, 2011

Seven Skills Students Need For Their Future

A recent posting on the Educate to Innovate with STEM blog detailed the seven skills students need for their future, which is based on Dr. Tony Wagner's, co-director of Harvard University's Change Leadership Group, presentation on the "global achievement gap." What are these seven skills? Not surprisingly, many of them are incorporated in the PLTW curriculum.

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Tuesday, September 06, 2011

2011 Surgeon General HOSA Interns Selected

HOSA and the Office of the Civilian Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps Select 2011 Office of the Surgeon General HOSA Interns:
Aakash Patel, International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma graduate of South Forsyth High School in Suwanee, GA and National Consortium for Health Science Education HOSA scholarship winner selected.

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Contest Rewards Innovative Partnerships for STEM Learning

Calling all STEM education innovators.

The deadline is just four weeks away for an online competition that aims to identify, and reward, promising ideas to engage STEM experts from various fields—whether health care, technology, pharmaceuticals, academia, banking, and so on—with high-need public schools.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Health Science Education in Indiana - Update

Common Core Literacy Standards

On Friday, March 4, 2011 a memo titled Kindergarten Common Core State Standards Implementation and Grades 1-12 Update was sent to Superintendents and Principals. In this memo it states “ALL” teachers will begin teaching the Common Core Literacy Standards for...

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Utah's Virtual Healthcare Interactive Program

Utah recently completed the 6th year of their Virtual Healthcare Interactive Program.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Engaging Youth in Public Health Preparedness and Response

On January 27, HOSA was honored to co-present in a webinar titled: Engaging Youth in Public Health Preparedness and Response. The webinar was hosted by the Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) with the emergency communication system at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CAPT Robert Tosatto, Office of the Civilian Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps, and Dr. Jim Koeninger, HOSA-Future Health Professionals, were co-presenters.

COCA is designed to provide two-way communication between clinicians and the CDC about emerging health threats, such as pandemics, natural disasters and terrorism. COCA serves a wide variety of clinicians, including: physicians, nurses, pharmacists, paramedics, veterinarians, epidemiologists, public health practitioners, hospital associations, and state and local health department officials. COCA partners with 176 professional organizations allowing for outreach opportunities.

HOSA has been officially designated as one of COCA's partners and can be found on their website at:

If you go to the COCA Partner list (, you will find an impressive list of partners.

Click link below for a copy of the transcript of the webinar.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Home - The Best Place for Health Care

A positioning statement from The Joint Commission on the state of the home care industry

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

American Society for Clinical Pathology's 2011 Vacancy Survey of U.S. Clinical Laboratories

Since 1988, the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) has conducted its Wage and Vacancy Survey to provide the most recent wage data and determine the extent and distribution of shortages within the nation’s clinical laboratory workforce.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Harvard Study: Students need more paths to career success

The current U.S. education system is failing to prepare millions of young adults for successful careers by providing a one-size-fits-all approach, and it should take a cue from its European counterparts by offering greater emphasis on occupational instruction, a Harvard University study published Wednesday concludes.

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Friday, February 11, 2011

Health sciences magnet in Osseo, MN

The idea behind the unusual health sciences magnet program, set to start next fall at Osseo High School, is to plug into the growing job market.
By NORMAN DRAPER, Star Tribune

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Thursday, January 06, 2011

National Health Science Consortium Board Member Receives 2010-11 Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) Lifetime Achievement Award

Throughout her career, Rhonda Hoyman has acquired a long list of accomplishments and has positively impacted her local community. With over 32 years of supervisory, technical, career, and special needs educational experience at the state, county, and school-based levels, she has gone above and beyond one lifetime’s worth of achievements.

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Monday, January 03, 2011

The Jobs Outlook: Mixed bag

It's the best of times, worst of times for healthcare jobs.

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Friday, October 29, 2010

2010 NCHSE Conference News

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Check Out Our Health Professions Salary Chart

The American Medical Association's handy chart of salary ranges has been updated. See how your field (or the field you'd like to enter) compares to others.

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Friday, August 13, 2010

Health Science Students End the Year with Significant Progress

Thousands of schools and students across the nation participated in the national health science assessment program. At the close of this testing year, 13,370 National Healthcare Foundation Skills Assessment post-tests were administered nationwide.

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Charting the Projections: 2008-18

(U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Winter 2009–10; A Special Issue)

In almost anything you do, you’re more likely to succeed if you have a plan. Deciding on a career is no exception.

If you’re making a decision about education, training, or a career—or if you are helping someone else who is making such decisions—you need to know how the
labor market is expected to unfold in the future. How many jobs are likely to be available in the career you want? How much will they pay? What kind of training will you need?

Projections and related information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) provide the answers to these questions. In a changing economy, these projections help you to glimpse the future—and to plan for it.

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

How Should We Prepare Students for Health Care Careers?

In the June issue of the Health Care Careers e-Letter , we asked, "To help college freshmen get a jump on their health care education, what should the model curriculum of a high school health science look like?

What content should be included? What are the current gaps in learning that need to be addressed?" (These questions were also disseminated to members of the listserve of the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions [NAAHP].)

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Friday, May 21, 2010

New CD

NCHSE has a new CD.
Partnerships: Classroom, Healthcare and Community
A health science career cluster must include both education and partners working together to provide quality learning experiences for students. This new CD will help develop and design workplace learning experiences for students. Content is in 3 sections (1) Workplace Learning Preparation and Guidelines (2) Career Exploration and Assessment and (3) Service Learning. All forms can be customized by the users.

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Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Partnership Launches Health Science Instructional Supplements

Investment in Health Science Education

At a time when funding and resources are compromised, the National Consortium for Health Science Education (NCHSE) is committed to pushing forward to support and strengthen health science education nationwide. In partnership with CreativEd Services, the National Consortium for Health Science Education is pleased to announce the launch of Health Science Instructional Supplements to support health science teachers in the alignment of classroom instruction to the National Healthcare Foundation Standards.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

A Slightly New Name for an Energetic Organization

It took a two-day strategic planning session, followed by committee and board discussions, and a minimum of six weeks of conference calls, to work through the list of possible name changes for the National Consortium on Health Science and Technology Education (NCHSTE)! In January 2009 at the NCHSTE annual meeting, the board voted to drop “and” from the consortium’s official name. In April 2009, the culminating event occurred with a unanimous electronic vote of the board membership to change the name of this organization to the National Consortium for Health Science Education (NCHSE).


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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Youth Service America Has New Free Resources!

STEMester of Service: Engaging Students through High-Quality Service and Learning and the Kids in Action Guide, to help you make a difference in your world. Download these guides today for tips and tricks on starting a service project, tools to keep your project on track, and real life examples from people like you!

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Tuesday, February 05, 2013