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In an effort to support student talent and promote regional workforce development, the Learning Inspired Field Experience Program (LIFE) brings students and employers together to give students experience in a health care environment. This program offers an opportunity for select students to pursue field experience, to gain first-hand work experience, and to determine a career interest. Participants in LIFE engage in a field experience where they become actively involved in observing various sectors of the healthcare industry. Select students will have the opportunity to gain learning experience in the healthcare field. Additionally, participating students take part in a number of training and workshops that are designed to build students’ personal and professional competencies.

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Student interns from IHPC’s LIFE Program

Student interns from IHPC’s LIFE Program

An Approach That Works: Work Based Learning

Creating a strong workforce: The work based learning model used by IHPC, addresses some of the main skills that employers are now looking for in new hires. Student become competent in skills such as, critical thinking, teamwork, work ethic, and leadership.

What does the research show?

Research now shows that high school students who participate in work based learning and mentorship have an increased sense of confidence, clear career goals, and the skills to pursue a particular career path. Those who have participated in this form of on-site learning are more likely to obtain a higher paying entry level position (health workforce current income median in the Inland Empire is $59,494) and pursue post-secondary education! Employers have reported a 65-70% on the job retention rate for their new hires that received prior internship experience. It is a win-win situation!

Image 1: Methodology of work based learning

Image 1: Methodology of work based learning

Work Based Learning Programs offered by IHPC

  • Awareness: Learning about work

    • J.U.M.P. Club: Pre health professions club for junior high students offering hands on educational experiences

    • Adopt-An-Agency: Classroom service project

    • Career Corners: Health career education activities and tabling at events

    • Career Speakers: Classroom presentations by health professionals

    • Health Professions Conference (HPC): Youth-based professional health center conference

  • Exploration: Learning about work

    • HOSA: Health Occupations Students of America—High school pre-health professions club offering site visits and hands on educational trainings/experiences

    • Health Site Visits: Structured student field trips to health entities

    • Job Shadowing: On-site student observation at health entity

    • Bootcamps (911, Adulting 101, etc.): Short term career exploration

    • Career-Specific Seminars: In-depth career discovery and education

    • Mentoring: One-on-one professional mentoring of health pathway student

  • Preparation: Learning THROUGH work

    • White Coat Program: 4-hour unpaid internship experience in healthcare

    • 20/20: Student job shadowing at eye clinics

    • Mock and Informational Interviews: Professional development

    • Service Learning: Team-based healthcare project or activity

    • Project based learning: Team based healthcare research and development

    • LIFE (Learning Inspired Field Experience): IHPC Internship program in healthcare

  • Training: Learn FOR work

    • Teacher externships: Professional job shadowing for classroom educators

    • Work-based learning institute: Educational training for teachers

    • Teacher resource day: Resource development for teachers

    • CPR Training: Student certification

    • Youth Mental Health First Aid training: Student certification

  • Pipeline Development: Supportive Services

    • Articulation: Intermediary services for high school and community colleges

    • Dual Enrollment: Intermediary services for high school and community colleges

    • Memorandum of Understanding: Industry partnership with IHPC

    • New Programs: Initiatives, trainings, and programs run by IHPC

    • Advisory board for Health Academy

Program Highlights of Work Based Learning

906 students participated in site visits for 4,530 hours of exposure

959 students complete hands only CPR Training

141 students completed an internship resulting in a total of 9,268 hours!
—Inland Health Professions Coalition, 2018

Interested in connecting with an IHPC program?

Please contact Senior Program Manager, Rehman Attar at 909-982-8641 ext. 121 or at

IESHA Program

The Inland Empire Student Health Ambassador Program (IESHA) provided a great opportunity for high school and community college students to receive first-hand training in community health topics. This 36 hour-based program prepared students to talk about health topics, and will place students in a pre-selected clinic location where they shared health messages with patients in the waiting room. Students will received training in topics such as HIPAA, clinic protocol, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, dental health, etc.