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Middle schoolers kick off their summer of hands-on learning about careers in medicine, with an acceptance ceremony into the Chester County Economic Development Council’s Health Care Academy. Youth interested in entrepreneurship and technology can still enroll in the new Be Your Own Boss Entrepreneur and Technology Program running June 18-22. For more information, visit ccedcpa.com

 The Chester County Economic Development Council announced two new programs Tuesday that they say will inspire youth to consider careers in healthcare and technology. This summer, youth interested in entrepreneurship and technology can enroll in the new Be Your Own Boss Entrepreneur and Technology Program. This program runs June 18-22 and is designed to provide students with business skills required to support the entrepreneurial spirit to launch technology-based businesses. Students will learn about branding, digital marketing, product launching, networking, boardroom etiquette and even get to pitch their ideas to a panel of top industry leaders. The program will be held at Cerner in Malvern, and students will have an opportunity to visit other technology locations throughout the week. In addition, the Healthcare Connect Academy, a year-long high school program with a pre-college internship experience and summer camp for middle school students, was launched in January 2018. The program has already enrolled 70 students, with just a few spaces left for new enrollment. Healthcare Connect Academy’s curriculum is designed to provide youth with hands-on learning to explore healthcare careers with the hope  that it will help to fill the anticipated shortage in healthcare jobs in our region noted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  For more information on each program, visit https://ccedcpa.com/