The NCLR Health Care Career Pathways Initiative started in 2006 with funding from the U.S. Department of Labor to train bilingual Latinos in allied health care occupations. The initiative was initially launched at two sites: The Unity Council in Oakland, California, and Carreras en Salud in Chicago, Illinois. Since then, NCLR has received additional funding from multiple sources to replicate the program in more sites across the United States.
This initiative uses integrated learning strategies and a contextualized curriculum to help participants gain occupation-specific skills along with improved language skills, general job skills, and other soft skills. Affiliates incorporate “bridges” that help integrate entry-level training with more advanced coursework using industry-specific contextualized curricula. Designing and teaching the subject matter in the context of their future work environment increases students’ interest and ability to learn concepts. This further prepares them for the specific demands of the occupation for which they are being trained.
The Carreras en Salud program was selected in 2008 by the U.S. Department of Labor at its Workforce Innovations Conference for the Recognition of Excellence Award. The video below showcases the Carreras en Salud program.
The NCLR Health Care Career Pathways Initiative was expanded to five additional sites with funding received from Walmart Foundation in 2012. The five sites are:
Through the 2010–2013 U.S. Department of Labor grant, the following organizations are being supported:
Past NCLR grantees for this initiative include:
Technical Assistance Resources
With funds received from the U.S. Department of Labor, NCLR has created the following documents that can help replicate the award-winning Carreras en Salud program model: