In 1971, Dr. Cecil G. Sheps recognized the severe shortage of underrepresented minority health professionals in North Carolina, especially in rural and inner-city communities. Vowing to help provide a solution, he founded NC-HCAP (then called the NC Health Manpower Development Program) to provide academic enrichment programs and activities geared toward minority and disadvantaged students.

For 40 years, we have assisted thousands of students reach their goal of becoming health professionals and have provided career and educational resources for parents, school/college administrators, and community leaders.

 

Timeline

1971

Dr. Cecil G. Sheps established the NC Health Manpower Development Program (NCHMDP)

Eva Clayton was named director

1976

UNC General Administration underwrote a portion of the Central Office on UNC’s campus

Additional NC-HCAP centers were established at Elizabeth City State University, NC Central University and the University of North Carolina at Pembroke

1974

NCHMDP became an interinstitutional program of the University of North Carolina

Dr. E. Lavonia Allison was named director

1979

Science Enrichment Preparation (SEP) Program began with 30 students

1981

NCHMDP celebrated its 10th anniversary

1990

Dr. Carolyn M. Mayo was named director

NCHMDP officially changed its name to NC Health Careers Access Program

1991

NC-HCAP began reaching pre-college students with the addition of Health Careers Information & Enrichment (HCIE) workshops

1996

NC-HCAP celebrated its 25th anniversary

1998

NC-HCAP Ambassador Program was founded and established as an official student organization at UNC

2006

NC-HCAP celebrated its 35th anniversary

Dr. Patrena N. Benton was named director

2008

SEP Program welcomes 50 students to become the largest class to date

Health Careers Day on the Hill was created for high school students

2009

SEP Program celebrates its 30th anniversary

2010

SEP Program doubles original enrollment size with 60 students – the largest in the program’s history

Dr. Rosalyn Beecham-Green was named director