PVCC Earns HOSA National Chapter Status

Sunday 12.29.2013 @ 11:31am | ImagesAZ | Community


Paradise Valley Community College recently inaugurated the first slate of officers in the college’s newly-established Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) Future Health Professionals chapter. PVCC is just the second community college in Arizona to earn official chapter status in the national organization, and is the first of the Maricopa County Community College District institutions to do so.

The founding chapter officers are:

Jake McElearney, president

Felipe Santoyo Cuellar, vice president

Emily Hanka, secretary

Mike Day, treasurer

HOSA provides a unique program of leadership development, motivation, and recognition exclusively for secondary, post-secondary, and collegiate students enrolled in health career programs. HOSA at PVCC is under the guidance of Arizona HOSA (AzHOSA) and supports the organization’s mission to promote career opportunities in health care and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people.

The PVCC chapter sponsors the HOSA Distinguished Speakers Series, which brings noted health care visionaries to campus to share their insights about compelling issues and the future of health care. All events are free and open to the public. Future chapter projects include senior holiday visits; participation in HopeFest and Relay for Life; professional development workshops; and support of the college’s summer EXPLORE Health Careers Academy for Grades 6-12, and summer STEM Boot Camp.