Profiles a career pathways program in Chicago that connects low-skilled Latinos to health careers and illustrates how the program fits into the broader career pathways framework defined by the Pathways for Advancing Careers and Education experimental design study.

“The Pathways for Advancing Careers and Education (PACE) study is using an experimental design to assess the effectiveness of nine career pathways programs across the country” (p.1).

“This profile provides an overview of one career pathways program, Carreras en Salud (Carreras), designed and operated by Instituto del Progreso Latino (Instituto), a nonprofit organization located in Chicago, Illinois. Carreras was established to help low-skilled Latinos gain the necessary skills to move into Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) positions.…The program also provides an array of services to support students while they attend classes, including academic advising; assistance with tuition, child care, and transportation; support to address nonacademic issues; and assistance in finding employment when they complete the program.

This profile first explains…the career pathways framework used in the PACE evaluation, which provides a common approach for explaining and assessing career pathways programs. It then describes Instituto’s program and how it fits within the career pathways framework” (p.2).

“The…PACE…evaluation, a 10-year effort funded by the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families…is a random assignment evaluation of nine…career pathways programs [including Carreras] that aim to improve employment and self-sufficiency outcomes for low-income, low-skilled individuals….

PACE…launched in…2007 and began with intensive outreach to solicit the views of policy makers, program operators, researchers, and advocates on promising program areas to test, resulting in a focus on the career pathways approach. The evaluation team then recruited…career pathways programs.…Random assignment began in November 2011 and…conclude[d] in September 2014....

The evaluation team will produce a series of reports including: program profiles [such as this one] for each of the PACE partner sites, site-specific implementation reports documenting the operation of the program, and site-specific impact reports examining the effect of the program on education, employment, and other related outcomes, including a cost-benefit analysis” (p.12).

(Abstractor: Author and Website Staff)