Free Workshop Offered for Mesa Students and Parents Interested in Medical and Healthcare Careers on Thursday, Jan. 10 


Dr. Mike Amspoker of Westminster CollegeMesa area high school and college students who are interested in pursuing a career in the medical, health or environmental sciences fields will receive valuable advice at a special free workshop on environmental science and health professions being offered  for them and their parents from 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 10, at 101 West Main Street in Mesa, AZ by Dr. Mike Amspoker, Professor of Biology and Cameron Day Chair at Westminster College (pictured right).

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the healthcare and social assistance industry is projected to create about 28 percent of all new jobs created in the U.S. economy over the next decade. This industry is expected to grow by 33 percent, or 5.7 million new jobs. Employment growth will be driven by an aging population and longer life expectancies, as well as new treatments and technologies.

Dr. Amspoker will discuss the types of courses and experiences that students interested in medical school, dental school and graduate and professional programs in the sciences might best pursue.

He will also discuss the science curriculum at Westminster with special emphasis on programs related to the College’s majors in environmental science and environmental studies and the health professions minors that will be offered at the new Mesa campus in the fall of 2013.

Dr. Amspoker has served as Chair of the Department of Biology & Environmental Science and serves as the Westminster advisor to students pursuing careers in health care professions.  He has been instrumental in placing many students in prestigious internships and assisting them with acceptance to major medical schools.

Prof. Amspoker teaches at WestminsterDr. Amspoker teaches in the fields of general biology, botany, phycology, microbiology and ecology and has taken students on three week summer session trips to Belize, Kenya, Peru and Ecuador (including the Galapagos Islands).  Another student trip to Belize is scheduled for this May.

He is well known in the biological research field for his work with marine and freshwater diatoms and recently described a new diatom genus, Hyaloneis.

Dr. Amspoker has been awarded the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Outstanding Faculty Award, and the Sears-Roebuck Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence & Campus Leadership as well as being named Alpha Chi’s Professor of the Year.

Classes at the new Westminster campus in Mesa are scheduled to begin in the fall of 2013.

The new Westminster campus, located in the heart of downtown Mesa at 245 West 2nd Street, is called The Mesa Center for Higher Education. The Center is a 53,000 square foot facility, formerly occupied by the Mesa City Court building that Westminster shares with two other institutions, Albright College and Wilkes University. 

On Feb. 6, Westminster will hold another Mesa workshop for students and parents on the Model UN program, presented by Dr. Kurt Jefferson,  Westminster political science professor and Director of the Center for Engaging the World.

For a complete list of other upcoming Westminster student events, prospective students and their parents should visit or follow Westminster on Facebook at

For more information about the new Mesa campus and its programs, contact Mesa Enrollment Director Hillarie Price at 480-747-3863, or to be added to a mailing list for the latest Westminster information.