Describes initial findings from research on the education and employment outcomes of 933 students who enrolled in Carreras en Salud (Careers in Health) between 2005 and 2009 to pursue education and healthcare career training.

"This report details the initial findings from research on the education and employment outcomes of 933 students who enrolled in Carreras en Salud (Careers in Health) program between 2005 and 2009. Carreras en Salud, a partnership by Instituto del Progreso Latino and Humboldt Park Vocational Education Center of Wilbur Wright College, provides career paths for nursing and other allied health occupations to students in Chicago’s Latino communities. This report includes detailed information about participants’ educational pathways and advancement, and their employment and earnings experiences including before and after participants complete training. Instituto and Wright College are participants in Aspen WSI’s Courses to Employment (CTE) project" (p.3). (Abstractor: Author)

Full publication title: Sectoral Approaches to Community College-Nonprofit Partnerships: Initial Education and Employment Outcomes Findings for Students Enrolled in Carreras en Salud Healthcare Career Training 2005-2009


Major Findings & Recommendations

• "185 or 19.8% of all Carreras students completed C.N.A. training" (p.13). • "259 Carreras students enrolled in pre-requisite courses for a L.P.N. nursing program" (p.13). • "219 students had entered a L.P.N. program as of January 2010. 174 of these students started Carreras at the L.P.N. level, 34 began in Pre-reqs and advanced to L.P.N., eight began in Pre-L.P.N, and three started Carreras in VESL C.N.A. and advanced all the way to a L.P.N. program" (p.14). • "26 students have advanced to a R.N. program. 15 of the students have completed, and the other 11 are active and in training" (p.14). • "85.1% of participants who completed a L.P.N. program between 2006 and 2008 were employed in 2009. These participants earned a median of $33,395.00 and a mean of $32,729.19 in 2009. 74.7% of these participants had earnings reported for all four quarters in 2009 and earned a median of $34,067.86 and a mean of $34,934.29" (p.14) • "78.0% of participants who completed a C.N.A. program with Carreras between 2006 and 2008, and who did not subsequently complete additional training with Carreras, were employed in 2009. These participants earned a median of $21,674.67 or a mean of $20,971.04 in 2009. 65.5% of these participants had earnings reported for all four quarters in 2009 and earned a median of $23,442.88 and a mean of $22,726.50" (p.15). • "Participants can take a considerable amount of time to move from the lower steps (ESL Health, VESL C.N.A., C.N.A., and Pre-L.P.N.) to the higher steps (Pre-requisites, L.P.N., R.N.). Because of this, few students advanced from a lower training step such as VESL C.N.A. all the way to a L.P.N. program during our study period. However, as more time passes, more students are advancing. In 2010, three students who entered a L.P.N. program had entered Carreras as VESL C.N.A. students" (p.16) (Abstractor: Author)