Health Sciences and Technology Academy (HSTA) Cabell-Lincoln Region Community-Campus Partnership


Health Sciences and Technology Academy (HSTA) Cabell-Lincoln Region

Cabell-Lincoln HSTA

Local Governing Board Members:

Feon Smith, Chairperson
Sylvia Ridgeway, Vice-Chairperson
Dr. Elaine Baker, Secretary

Dr. Girmay Berhie
Andrea Byrd
Philip W. Carter
Maurice Cooley
Robert Martin
Donna Jean McCoy
Rev. Samuel Moore
Pamela Neal
Michelle Pratt
Rick Pratt
Lisa Woodson


The Health Sciences and Technology Academy (HSTA), West Virginia's nationally recognized program, reaches out to 9th - 12th grade under-represented students and follows them to college and towards professional school to help them prepare for health care careers. The goal is to nurture the ambitions of talented students who, for economic or other reasons, might not ordinarily achieve these career goals. HSTA is a partnership among the numerous units of Marshall University, West Virginia University, West Virginia State University, West Virginia Rural Health Education Partnership and many Appalachian communities.

The major components of HSTA are as follows:

Summer Campus-Based Program

Student Enrichment Program

The one to three-week campus-based program will provide intensive academic enrichment emphasizing science and math for each grade from 9th through 12th as well as laboratory experiences where students work with scientists, clinical practitioners, and health science professionals.

Teacher Training Workshop

Faculty from the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center and cooperating University departments provide a teacher training program which includes state of the art math and science materials, techniques and projects appropriate for 9th through 12th grade students. The workshop covers multicultural sensitivity and diversity training, self-esteem building, motivation enhancement, leadership development skills, and study skills in a multi-disciplinary context with an emphasis on how to incorporate these skills in teaching math and science.

Community-Based Programming

Students matriculating from the summer programs progress into community-based programs. Academic enrichment projects based on community health issues further develop the students’ cognitive skills, emphasizing observation, hypothesis formation, experimentation, analysis, and communication.

Successful HSTA students will be eligible for a tuition & fee waiver to WV public colleges and universities.

Teachers provide leadership for community-based HSTA clubs. Teachers, supported by extension, faculty, health professionals, parents, school and community leaders, facilitate integrated science learning, leadership, study skills, and self-esteem building through community health-related student projects.

Currently there are more than seven hundred HSTA students in over twenty-four West Virginia counties. Almost five hundred successful HSTA graduates are attending higher education institutions utilizing HSTA tuition and fee waivers for undergraduate, graduate, and professional training.