Institution
City Colleges of Chicago-Malcolm X College
Academic Level
Issue Area(s)
Key Personnel
City Colleges of Chicago-Malcolm X College
1900 W. Jackson Ave
Chicago, IL 60612
United States

Carreras en Salud (Careers in Health): A Chicago Bilingual Healthcare Partnership is a career pathways program. The program addresses the need for bilingual healthcare professionals in the workforce and provides a multi-entry, fully-supported career path for nursing and other allied health occupations to bilingual/bicultural individuals, bridging them from unemployment or low-skill, low-wage jobs with limited growth and advancement opportunities, to high-demand healthcare positions. Currently, Latinos make up one quarter of the population of Chicago, but less than 2% of its licensed practical and registered nurses.

Goal/Mission

The program provides a multi-entry, fully-supported career path for nursing and other allied health occupations to bilingual/bicultural individuals, bridging them from unemployment or low-skill, low-wage jobs with limited growth and advancement opportunities, to high-demand healthcare positions.

Outcome

Students enrolled in the program have a cumulative completion rate of 94% for 2485 participants, a 85% licensing/certification rate, and nearly 100% placement rate for LPN and 82% for CNA graduates, and an average wage gain of 150%. Of participants, 359 students completed the LPN program, with 92% licensure, and 100% placement. 319 students completed the CNA program with 83% certification and 78% placement. 50 RN students completed the ADN degree with a 92% passing the Registration exam and almost 100% employment. The overall completion rate at all program levels is 94%.

Program Focus
Bilingual/ESL, Health