It’s never too early to jump-start a student’s interest in science and health careers. Several VCU Pipeline programs cater to elementary and middle school students. Programs vary greatly and include exposure to health careers, tutoring and life-skill development.
From Jump Rope to Stethoscope
From Jump Rope to Stethoscope is a community outreach program offered through the VCU Health System Human Resources’ Office of Workforce Development and Strategy to introduce children to the health care field through a wide variety of experiences, including nursing camps, school career days, hospital tours and health care clubs.
Open to: Middle to high school based on program
Hosted by the Mary and Frances Youth Center, Discovery offers weeklong, full-day camps throughout the summer, providing middle-schoolers with in-depth experiences in science, technology, engineering, arts and health sciences in a college setting. Classes are taught by VCU faculty members, university students and local professionals in university classrooms and laboratories at VCU. A limited number of scholarships are available.
Open to: Rising sixth- to eighth-graders
Lobs & Lessons
Hosted by the Mary and Frances Youth Center, Lobs & Lessons is a youth enrichment program that strengthens life skills, promotes academics and creates a path to higher education through the sport of tennis. Programs are offered after school and during the summer.
Open to: Rising first- to eighth-graders
Healthcare Quest at VCU
Healthcare Quest at VCU is an after-school program designed to encourage early exposure to multiple health science careers and inspire students to consider health careers in their future.
Open to: Students at participating middle schools