Colloquium Series Program

New York
Academic Level
Community-Based Organization
Issue Area
Key Personnel
Program Focus
College Prep,


A model for access to college for Latino adult-learners/full-time healthcare workers. Consists of three college level courses (nine college credits) - that integrate content in healthcare with English language skills, mathematics, and quantitative reasoning. The course sequence, completed in one year, prepares participants to comply with the City University of New York admission criteria while avoiding non-credit remedial education and reducing time to degree completion. The program provides the necessary academic skills to succeed in college and integrates content about healthcare issues in the Latino community. The program has been offered at CUNY's Lehman College and Hostos Community College.

Program Description

The program identifies Latino healthcare workers interested in college degrees in Health allied professions and occupations, engages them in career/education pathways by offering college-level, credit-bearing courses, addresses skills deficiencies in composition and quantitative reasoning, prepares them to comply with CUNY admission criteria while avoiding traditional remediation classes that delay admission to college. The program integrates workshops, tutoring, childcare, and strong case management - all strategies that improve student’s retention and completion of the program. In the next five years, they expect to:
1) Increase the number of Latino Adult Learners in college programs leading to a health allied - direct patient service profession or occupation.
2) Expand the program to community members, not only incumbent healthcare workers.
3) Scale the program and enroll more participants per semester.
4) Improve outcomes in retention of participants in the program and compliance with CUNY admission criteria.