The Central Louisiana Area Health Education Center has teamed with Ochsner Medical Center, Woman’s Hospital and Our Lady of the Lake College for the annual AHEC of a Summer program.

The 15-day program for high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors in a nine-parish region gives students the chance to explore nursing and related health fields, a news release said. Experiences include rotating through different medical departments, field trips and daily teaching sessions.

Participants are chosen on the basis of grades, a written essay and an interview. The program is an accredited high school course for one-half unit elective credit.

The program at Ochsner is supervised by Teresa Neal and Katie James, with Renee Sims, of Walker Freshmen High School, as program educator.

Participants at Ochsner include Alexander Bel, Haley Davis, Natalie Foster, Bracie Kelly and Lillian LaPorte, of Walker Freshman High School; Josie Belgard, Sarah Larroquette, Alexis McCoy and Sarah Bresee, of Live Oak High School; Carmen Coniglio, La’Dajsha Vernon and Jerica Waller, of Walker High School; Hannah Gautreau, of Maurepas High School; Debra Holifield, of Doyle High School; and Brianne Rheams, of French Settlement High School.

Jill Johnson, of Denham Springs Freshman High School, is the program educator and supervisor at Our Lady of the Lake.

The nonprofit Central Louisiana Area Health Education Center serves as a training and information source for health and education professionals.