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SCC Health Care Pathway Project
South Central College
Mankato, MN

Program Description:
South Central College’s (SCC) Healthcare Education Pathways for Regional Employment Needs Program, focuses on delivering health care training and education to dislocated, unemployed, veterans, and incumbent (including low-wage) workers in South Central and Southeast regions of MN. In 2010, SCC received a $4.5 million ARRA grant from the Department of Labor. As a result, the college implemented five new programs including: Health Unit Coordinator, Medical Assistant, Health Support Specialist, Pharmacy Technician, and Practical Nursing AAS. Additionally, the college created a Health Care Careers FastTRAC Academic and Basic Nursing Pathways. And the college also developed a customized CAN to train low-income individuals in partnership with the Adult Basic Education programs and the Regional Workforce Councils in Southern MN.

Program Partners:
The following partnerships and collaborations have significantly impacted the development of these career pathways: Mankato Adult Basic Education, Faribault Adult Basic Education, South Central Workforce Council, Workforce Development, Inc., Red Cross, Salvation Army, Open Door Clinic, Minnesota Valley Action Council, Northfield Community Action Center, Northfield LTC, St. Lucas Care Center and Owatonna Hospital.

Program Outcomes:
SCC is currently in the third year of this project. 690 students entered an education/job training activity, 379 have completed a training activity with 357 receiving a certificate and 22 receiving an associates credential. As of Jun, of those 388 who completed their training, 179 have gained employment.

For More Information Contact:

WC Sanders

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