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About the Lebanon Health Career Ladder

Dr. Pumerantz, Dr. J. Michael Ortiz, president of Cal Poly Pomona, and Dr. Thelma Mendez de Santa Ana with studentsThe Lebanon Community School District, and COMP-Northwest have partnered to create a career ladder to guide and promote students from Lebanon and surrounding communities through their education and into successful careers (especially as health care professionals). Dr. Philip Pumerantz, President of Western University of Health Sciences, and founder of COMP has championed the idea of a "Career Ladder" since 1983. "Pipeline" projects such as this one are typically divided into two types: programs that work with "downstream" students, defined as those who are near the health professional stages of their education; or "upstream" students, defined as K-12. The Lebanon Health Career Ladder is unique, connecting both the upstream and downstream components in a long-term, multi-institution cooperative arrangement.

Dr. Pumerantz speaking to studentsThe Career Ladder will foster interest in post-secondary education, the health professions, develop math and science skills, guide students toward an undergraduate degree and into a career of their choosing through a program-based network of outreach, guidance, mentoring and financial counseling. The ultimate goal is to create, explore, and develop college and career goals and objectives.

The program will also give students a goal to aspire to, a vision of future possibilities.

"This gives children a chance to become successful and to make a contribution to society," says Dr. Pumerantz "It's to give children in the school system a view of what their future could be."

An Advisory Board consisting of scholars and health professionals from all participating institutions is in place to guide the curriculum, design the Biomedical Scholar Program, and develop the process of mentoring and moving students through the ladder.

Roadmap to a Health Career


Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences Doctor of Podiatric Medicine Doctor of Optometry Doctor of Dental Medicine Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Advanced Practice Nursing Master of Science Pharmaceutical Sciences Doctor of Pharmacy Doctor of Physical Therapy Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies Master of Science in Health Sciences Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine WesternU College Community College High School Middle School