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The purpose of this Golden LEAF grant is to assist with the expansion of the Minority Rural Health Summer Scholars Internship into Bertie, Gates, Chowan, Perquimans, and Pasquotank counties. The program will target at least 20 minority and/or disadvantaged students per year enrolled in Health Occupational Education courses who seek to complete a senior clinical practicum and obtain certification as a nursing assistant. Students will be assigned a mentor and must complete an internship during the summer between their junior and senior year of high school in the local community health care system. Upon successful completion of their senior year and passing scores on the CNA exam, participants will be offered employment by health care agencies in their local community contingent upon successful application and acceptance into a health career program in the local community college, East Carolina University or a comparable health career training institution.