The program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is designed to increase the number of disadvantaged students interested in practicing in the health professions or allied health professions, said Joan Reed, associate director of the program.
“This is an excellent opportunity for students to get a headstart toward achieving their goal of becoming a health or allied health professional,” said Reed. “They get a chance to meet other freshmen who have similar goals, and at the same time, develop a group of study partners to help them in the often difficult math and science classes they are required to take for admission into the health programs.”
According to Reed, the program selects 30 students each year to participate in the HCOP in the College of Health Sciences and Human Services and offers enrichment courses during the summer in chemistry, math, study skills and writing.
In addition to the summer enrichment program, Reed said, HCOP also monitors each student’s progress and provides career counseling and advising while the student attends UT Pan American.
Students in the program receive $40 a day during the summer enrichment program. The application deadline for the next summer program is April 1, 1999.
For more information, an application and a complete list of admission requirements, contact HCOP at 956/381-2419.