Exploring Careers in Health Occupations (ECHO)
ECHO is a six-week summer program developed to enable in-school and out-of-school youth the opportunity to experience career opportunities in health care by participating in classroom instruction, work experience and job shadowing at local hospitals and health care facilities. In 2010, the ECHO program was recognized as one of seven case studies for transitioning youth into allied health careers in the U. S. Department of Labor’s manual, “How to Develop Programs for Youth in Allied Health Careers”.
ECHO is a collaboration of Southwest LA AHEC, Louisiana’s Workforce Investment Boards 40 and 41, Goodwill Industries of Acadiana, Acadian Ambulance, Inc. and its National EMS Academy (NEMSA), and numerous of community medical facilities.
Due to a lack of funding, ECHO will not be conducted in 2011.