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CREDIT WORKFORCE PROGRAM
The result of the Academy is a skilled pipeline of entry level workers to support the growing number of industrial manufacturing jobs in the region. In addition, the Academy provides students a pathway to enter into apprenticeship or continue their education within the state’s community and technical college system. Credits earned in this program transfer into other industrial educational pathways at in the Seattle College District and other college in the state, including welding, composites, and HVAC. Successful completion of the Industrial Manufacturing Academy also satisfies the minimum requirements for entry into the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee’s programs.
NONCREDIT WORKFORCE PROGRAM
The program targets adult Latina/os residing in the Chicago metropolitan area with low- to pre-college levels of English language and mathematics skills who are interested in the healthcare field as a career. The healthcare sector is one of the few fields currently placing large numbers of employees into well-paying jobs with long-term stability and growth opportunities. Locally, Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council (MCHC) has embraced Carreras as part of a solution to fill 21,000 nursing and other healthcare professional vacancies it projected by the year 2020 in its 2010 Annual Report. As these facts relate to Latina/os in the healthcare profession, there is an even greater need for nurses and other healthcare professionals who have the cross-cultural knowledge critical to the healthcare setting. While Latina/os represent a growing proportion of residents in the Chicago area, they are still dramatically underrepresented in healthcare professions, making up only 6.2 percent of LPNs and 4.9 percent of RNs, according to a 2010 survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.