College Quest has brought 25 motivated students to the College of St. Joseph campus this summer.

College Quest, a program of the Northeastern Vermont Area Health Education Center and the Vermont AHEC Network, is a six week college-enrichment program with a focus on health care careers. The program is for students entering their senior year of high school, who are from families of modest income or first-in-family college students.

The program gives students a taste of dorm life while they work on five different curriculum tracks including: science and health careers, cultural and linguistic competency, planning for college, community project seminar, and introduction to college studies. Health career themes covered during the program include lab sciences, geriatrics, pharmacy, emergency medicine and mental health. There are five assistant directors from Vermont colleges that stay with the students in the dorms.

Program Director Laura Remick, from Northeastern Vermont Area Health Education Center, said the CSJ campus has served the program well.

“It’s a nice small campus so it’s not overwhelming, and everyone has been great to work with here,” Remick said.

While the program hosted 25 students out of 39 applicants in its first year, the federal grant from the Health Resource Systems Administration Health Careers Opportunity Program calls for 35 students to come to campus next year.

Soon-to-be high school senior Chandra Luitel said she has learned a lot during her time so far on campus. For her, the best part of the program has been the opportunity to meet the instructors.

“The program is going very well. Students are soaking up lots of information and asking a lot of questions,” Remick said.