Celebrating 24 Years of Service to the Local Community!

Inaugural Healthcare Career Advancement Academy Completed

February 8, 2008 -- In preparation for success in the healthcare field, 26 students completed the first Healthcare Career Academy class Thursday, receiving certificates and well wishes from both project partners and instructors.

Guest speaker Debbie Rainwater (Jewish Home for the Aging) reminded the group to continue their education while enjoying the joys and challenges of a career in health care. Speaking before the group, Rainwater, pointing at motivational posters around the room, said, "Moving forward requires being your own leader, setting goals, and taking advantage of opportunities such as this course presented."

During the 120-hour class, students were immersed in subjects such as English for health careers, math contextualized for healthcare, critical thinking and study skills, employability skills, and computer applications.

Many graduates have taken advantage of next step options at the community college level by enrolling in Los Angeles Valley College's (LAVC) CNA Training or LACC's medical coding classes.

One instructor noted, "No matter what the students do next, this experience will benefit them with enhanced skills sets applicable to any industry." A happy graduate agreed, taking the podium before saying, "This has been the best experience of my life."

The specially funded project benefitted from multiple partners who included The Los Angeles Healthcare Workforce Program, East Los Angeles College, Los Angeles City College, LAVC, One LA, and the L. A. City Workforce Investment Board.

This project marks the successful start of what is planned to be an ongoing offering at the partnering colleges and hopes to grow relationships with other healthcare industry partners.

The Healthcare Career Advancement Academy Graduating Class