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South Seattle College, WA
The Industrial Manufacturing Academy

The Industrial Manufacturing Academy at South Seattle College is a short-term training program designed for entry-level and reentering professionals wanting to update and expand their skill set in the world of diversified and advanced manufacturing. In recent years the manufacturing industry has provided stable livable wage jobs for many residents of the Puget Sound. With manufacturing on the rise, this short-term professional technical certificate supports introductory skill building in new and traditional manufacturing techniques. Through a combination of industry recognized certifications, college credits, applied learning, and job readiness training, the Industrial Manufacturing Academy successfully places graduates into living wage jobs or further education.

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.



Instituto del Progreso Latino, IL
Carreras en Salud: A Chicago Bilingual Healthcare Partnership

In 2005, Instituto del Progreso Latino (Instituto) launched Carreras en Salud: A Chicago Bilingual Healthcare Partnership (Carreras, a career pathways program established to bridge limited English-proficient individuals into stable, high-demand healthcare careers. The program provides a solution to the ongoing nursing shortage and the need for bilingual healthcare professionals, offering students seven (7) different entry levels with each level designed as a bridge into the next. Carreras’ approach to career pathways is designed to train and support individuals at each level of entry. As participants move through the program, they increase their wages significantly, enabling families to improve their financial assets over a relatively short period of time. By doing so, the program helps low-income and immigrant families become self-sufficient.

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.



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