On September 26, 2011 the Department of Labor awarded a $19.6 million grant to fund a Health Career Pathways initiative to nine community colleges in five states. The grant was one of the largest ever awarded by the Department of Labor through a discretionary grant from the DOL Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) program with the aim of better preparing the target population of trade displaced and lower-skilled workers, and other beneficiaries for high-wage, high-skill employment and ultimately increasing attainment of degrees, certificates and other industry recognized credentials.
The H2P Consortium was led by Cincinnati State Technical and Community College and was comprised of nine community college co-grantees and five partner organizations. In addition, the consortium colleges partnered with local employers, community and workforce agencies.
Community College Co-Grantees:
Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Coon Rapids, MN
Ashland Community & Technical College, Ashland, KY
Cincinnati State Technical & Community College, Cincinnati, OH
City Colleges of Chicago, Chicago, IL
El Centro College, Dallas, TX
Jefferson Community &Technical College, Louisville, KY
Owens Community College, Perrysburg, OH
Pine Technical College, Pine City, MN
Texarkana College, Texarkana, TX
National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB)
National Network of Health Career Programs in Two-Year Colleges (NN2)
Office of Community College Research and Leadership (OCCRL)
Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM (TIES)
What We Do:
H2P has worked collaboratively via sharing promising practices, building upon unique skills and learning, and accessing rich resources provided by national consulting partners and technical assistance specialists to dramatically improve health professions training via career pathways and the development of a national model for healthcare core curriculum.
To achieve these goals, H2P colleges replicated a comprehensive model of best practices centered on a career pathways framework and competency-based core curriculum. Strategies were developed and implemented in eight core areas to frame our efforts.
H2P Core Strategies:
Online assessment and career guidance
Contextualized developmental education
Competency-based core curriculum
Industry-recognized stackable credentials
Career guidance and retention support
Training programs for incumbent healthcare workers
Enhanced data and accountability systems
Galvanize a national movement
Progress to Date:
Since October 1, 2011, co-grantees worked to develop Programs of Study (POS) representing the three pathways in healthcare: Therapeutics, Diagnostics, and Informatics. The POS were developed or modified to include contextualized learning, core curriculum and stackable credentials wherever possible. Over 6,500 participants have been served by the nine co-grantee colleges, earning over 2,600 credentials to date in over 80 new, revised or modified POS that were launched using grant funds. Through development and implementation of the eight core strategies, the H2P consortium has a blueprint that is anticipated to result in increased capacity, retention and employment of much needed health professionals within our communities. The established data collection protocols and evaluation in collaboration with OCCRL in year one were foundational to revealing our outcomes.
In addition to improving outcomes for students and increasing job placement in needed health occupations, H2P is a research study under the capable direction of the Office of Community College Research and Leadership (OCCRL). The goal of this significant investment will be to capture model outcomes that will support transformative change in education and industry partnership.
Sustainability and Scaling Strategies:
A National Advisory Council was established to help us meet one of our core strategies “to galvanize a national movement to improve health professions education and training programs”. This advisory council provided a strong and influential health care representation including national and regional employers, community colleges, trade and professional organizations, accreditation and credentialing organizations, private foundations, workforce development agencies and state community college systems. The National Advisory Council worked with H2P in the validation of core curriculum as relevant to the needs of a future healthcare workforce.
In December 2012, the H2P Consortium was selected as one of eight TAACCCT consortia nationally to participate in a Community College Transformative Change Initiative. This two-year project funded by Gates, Lumina and Joyce Foundations is studying the best practices and outcomes being generated by these innovative collaboratives and determining how they can be successfully scaled. The H2P Consortium has been hard at work with a representative team of Consortium leadership to further develop our plan to share our innovations that will help to support the transformative change necessary to meet the changing landscape of the healthcare industry.
In January 2013, H2P had a commitment accepted by the Clinton Global Initiative to scale our healthcare core curriculum to 100 community colleges by 2017.
Currently, H2P is working in partnership with the National Network of Health Career Programs in Two-Year Colleges (NN2) and Health Professions Network (HPN) to reach out to community colleges and employers interested in adopting our pathway innovations. An H2P website to highlight our work and provide a communication channel beyond the grant funding period is planned for launch in August 2015 (www.h2p.careers).
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