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HOSTOS CUNY CareerPATH COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKER PROGRAM GRADUATES FIRST CLASS

Hostos CUNY CareerPATH Community Health Worker Program Graduates First Class

Thursday, January 10, 2013 (Bronx, NY) – For a student, one of the best ways  to get into the spirit of the holiday season is to know that you’ve passed all your coursework. If you don’t believe this, just ask the nine students who completed the first CUNY CareerPATH Community Health Worker Certificate Program at Hostos Community College on December 19, 2012.

Funded by the United States Department of Labor and offered through the college’s Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Development, this program offers unemployed or underemployed adults the opportunity to develop the skills they need to enter the healthcare field while earning bankable credits toward an associate’s degree.

Fern Chan, Director of the CUNY CareerPATH at Hostos, hosted the ceremony and congratulated all the students. She also introduced Dr. Carlos Molina, Vice President of the Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Development, who expressed his high expectations for these new healthcare workers: “Your service in the field of healthcare will help to meet the needs of some of the city’s most vulnerable residents, and as a result of your efforts, New York will become a healthier city. In addition to congratulating you on your accomplishments, I wish to thank the outstanding faculty and staff members who have made this program possible.”

Hostos CUNY CareerPATH Community Health Worker Program Graduates First Class

Chan also acknowledged the contributions of faculty members Maritza Arrastía, Debbie Beller-Horwitz, Elena Schwolsky-Fitch, and Gino Zamparo, and gave special recognition to Professor Karen Winkler, who wrote the curriculum for the program. In keeping with the college’s operational plan to create pathways for students, this exemplifies the collaboration between the Office of Academic Affairs and the Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Development to provide a pipeline for transition from a certificate program into college and job placement.

For more information on the programs offered by the Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Development, please visit http://www.hostos.cuny.edu/contedu/.

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 more than 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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