Monday, November 12, 2012 (Bronx, NY) – On September 20, the Allied Health Career Pipeline Program at Eugenio María de Hostos Community College celebrated the accomplishments of 51 students who completed their coursework in three programs: Fundamentals of Person-Centered Care, Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and Health Information Technology.
These students are now certified by the New York State Department of Health to pursue careers as certified nursing assistants in various health care settings.
Three students whose accomplishments exemplify the program’s success are Rudell T. Francis, Franklin J. Castro, and Marian Sena.
Rudell worked in the photography industry for a decade before losing his job. Needing to support his family, he decided to change his career. While his determination was tested, he earned his CNA license after taking the test twice.
During Rudell’s journey through the program, he completed a six-week internship at Bronx-Lebanon Special Care Center, where he received glowing reviews from the staff. He also gained new self-confidence, a new career and a new start. His hard work and perseverance eventually paid off, and Rudell is now working full-time at the center.
Franklin also overcame daunting obstacles to earn his CNA license. He was the first student to complete the contextualized General Equivalency Diploma course before enrolling in the CNA training. Franklin completed his internship at Casa Promesa – a care facility for HIV/AIDS residents — with flying colors. Recently, he worked with program staff to secure employment as a CNA at the Manhattanville Health Care Center.
Marian, a single mother of two young children, was facing eviction when she entered the program. After coming to the United States from the Dominican Republic in 2003, she worked in a fast food restaurant. By 2011, she was employed as an administrative assistant even though English is not her native language.
Seeking a way to improve her circumstances, Marian enrolled in and successfully completed CNA training with the Allied Health Career Pipeline Program. Finding herself in a tough financial situation, she chose a slightly different path and found immediate employment after earning her CNA credential. Thanks to her hard work and assistance from the program’s staff, Marian was referred to Lincoln Hospital, and after only one month in a sitter’s position, she was promoted to Patient Care Technician, which increased her salary by over 60 percent.
All 51 students completed the enhanced program, which includes a 30-hour“boot camp,” a 30-hour Fundamentals of Person-Centered Care module, 100 hours of class work, a 30-hour clinical rotation at a nursing home, an eight-hour health information technology module, and two weeks of review and practice for the state certification exam. Of the 51 who entered the program, only four did not pass the test on their first try. However, all four have registered to take the exam again.
Attending the ceremony were Deborah E. Reid, the Director of the Allied Health Career Pipeline Program in the Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Development; Dr. Carlos W. Molina, Vice President of the Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Development; and Jaime R. Torres, DPM, Region II Director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
In her closing remarks at the ceremony, Denyse R. Procope-Gregoire, Assistant Director of the Allied Health Career Pipeline Program, told the crowd that the ceremony did not mark an end, but a new beginning for those who completed the program.
Procope-Gregoire also acknowledged the hard work and sacrifice of both the students and the staff, who remain committed to fighting poverty through training and education: “To the staff of the Allied Health Career Pipeline Program, let us remain committed, steadfast and firm to our philosophy to ’Leave No Student Unserved, Transforming Lives Through Allied Health Care,’ while providing quality, accessible education. There is more to be done, but the reward is great, and they are sitting right in front of us.”
Reid also lauded the program and its students: “We want to leave no student unserved. We want them to reflect the better part of who they are, and best they can be. Many come from tough backgrounds and circumstances, but they also work hard and have earned everything they have achieved here.”
About the program:
The Hostos Community College’s Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Development of The City University of New York (CUNY) was awarded a Health Profession Opportunity Grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families to operate an enhanced allied health training and internship program, which is located at Hostos’ main campus in the South Bronx and the satellite campus in Upper Manhattan.
Over the five-year project period, the Hostos Allied Health Career Pipeline Program will train over 900 public assistance recipients and other low-income individuals to become Community Health Workers, Patient Care Technicians (PCTs), Pharmacy Technicians, and New York State Certified Nurse Assistants (CNAs).
The Pipeline Program offers health-career contextualized GED exam preparation for individuals who do not have a high school diploma or its equivalent. Participants receive supportive services that include case management, childcare, transportation assistance, examination preparation courses, tutoring, enhanced career-focused internships, and job placement and retention assistance.
The emphasis of the Pipeline Program is to encourage participants to focus on long-term career goals. Graduates of the Pipeline Program can receive career and academic counseling for admission to Hostos’ LPN certificate and allied health career associate degree programs.
About Hostos Community College:
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College, part of The City University of New York (CUNY) system, was founded in 1968. In addition to associate degree programs that facilitate easy transfer to CUNY’s four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions, Hostos also has an award-winning Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Development that offers courses for professional development and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. In four decades, Hostos has grown from a class of 623 in 1970 to over 7,000 students in 2012. The College also serves an additional 12,000 students through its Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Development. For more news and stories about Hostos Community College, visit www.hostos.cuny.edu.
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