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Community Education

EMS education

In the United States, more than 380,000 cardiac arrests happen each year outside of the hospital. Yet, less than 8 percent of the people who suffer an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survive. The Integrated Center for Education is available to provide both on and off-site education to emergency services personnel in La Crosse and surrounding communities.

For more information on our EMS educational services, please call (608) 775-6789 or email

High School Educational Opportunities

Scenic Rivers Area Health Education Center (SRAHEC), the Health Science Academy (HSA) and students from other schools within our region have spent time in the Integrated Center for Education (ICE House). While visiting, high school students can participate in various simulation exercises, such as laparoscopic skills exercises, airway/intubation procedures and learn more about human patient simulators through hands-on exercises using one of the many high-fidelity manikins ICE House has to offer.

For more information on community activities available at the ICE House, please email or call 608-775-6789.

Scenic Rivers AHEC

Scenic Rivers AHEC (Area Health Education Center) improves access to quality healthcare by developing community-based health professions training programs and enhancing health education resources across the state.

Program focus includes:

  • Enhancing the learning experience for all students in health professions at community-based sites, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary programs, developing cultural competence and technological support.
  • Supporting health career recruitment programs in underserved rural and urban areas to assist high school and college students from underrepresented populations prepare for entry into school programs for health professions.
  • Supporting faculty mentors and preceptors at community-based training sites with continuing education, technological support and other services to enhance the practice environment, maximize the ability of health professionals in underserved communities and provide high-quality healthcare.
  • Partnering with local organizations in a variety of outreach activities to improve the health of the community.

For more information on upcoming student activities and events, visit or call (608) 487-4878.

Health Science Academy

The Health Science Academy (HSA) is a two-year program preparing high school juniors and seniors for education and careers in the health science industry. For participating students, the HSA provides:

  • Thematic instruction
  • Career exploration
  • Job shadowing
  • Clinical experiences
  • Health science labs
  • Mentoring by health professionals
  • Certification opportunities

Partnered with the La Crosse School District, the Health Science Academy's many partners include Gundersen Health System, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Western Technical College, Viterbo University, Scenic Rivers AHEC and many other community champions to provide an in-depth experience in healthcare exploration and investigation for students.

Learn more about the Health Science Academy (HSA), contact your school guidance counselor or email

College and Career Connections

College and Career Connections (CCC) connects businesses and high schools by offering relevant, work-based learning activities for students and educators. The program is partially funded through the state of Iowa Regional Work-Based Intermediary Network grant.

CCC is available to high school students beginning their freshman year and guides participants through work-based learning experiences following a career continuum of awareness, exploration and workplace preparation. Consideration of high-demand career pathways—healthcare, information technology, advanced manufacturing, business/finance and STEM (science, technology, engineering, math)—is highly encouraged.

Advantages for CCC students include:

  • One-on-one meetings with a career coach regarding future education and career plans
  • Job shadowing opportunities
  • Exclusive work-based learning events such as business tours

CCC partners with a variety of entities to ensure students have a wide range of opportunities to assist them in planning for their futures. Partners of CCC include:  local NE Iowa school districts, business and industry, Keystone AEA, the Iowa Intermediary Network, the Iowa Department of Education, local chambers of commerce, local economic development and numerous community organizations.

For more information please contact or call (800)728-2256 x1452.

High School Job Shadows

For high school students who are not a member of a Gundersen-approved healthcare group such as the Health Science Academy, Scenic Rivers AHEC or Northeast Iowa Career Learning Link, we are happy to offer one job shadow per student in grades 10-12 (16 years or older).

If interested please contact for more information. 

Volunteer Services

Teens/high school students can start their volunteer experience at age 14. Students volunteer in a variety of sites, beginning in our mail and flower delivery program. The mail and flower delivery programs allow students to interact with patients, families and staff members, develop interpersonal skills and experience the hospital setting.

Other sites are available such as gift shop, clinic information desk greeter/transporter, Imaging and others. Some sites are age-specific due to the nature of the assignment. Becoming a volunteer is a two-step process. First, set up a pre-interview with Karol Fox, program coordinator, to discuss volunteer options, the students' availability and timeframe. The second step is to attend Gundersen Health System's monthly orientation.

Information about volunteering can be found at Volunteer Services or by calling (608) 775-6755.

what to expect

We've taken steps at all our locations to keep you and our staff healthy and safe. Here's what to expect when you visit us.

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