This report documents the implementation and early impacts of the Pathways to Healthcare program, designed and operated by Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona. The Pathways to Healthcare program consists of five elements: (1) the mapping of 16 existing healthcare occupational training programs into five pathways, each incorporating a ladder that enables students to obtain stackable credentials; (2) proactive advising such as career counseling; (3) scholarships for tuition and books; (4) two compressed basic skills programs that in one semester remediate students whose low skills prevented them from enrolling directly in training; and (5) job search assistance. The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) awarded a five-year grant to Pima Community College in 2010 to fund the program under the Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) demonstration. The program it is one of nine career pathways programs being evaluated under the Pathways for Advancing Careers and Education (PACE) study sponsored by ACF.
Gardiner, K., Rolston, H., D., Fein, D. and S. Cho (2017). Pima Community College Pathways to Healthcare Program: Implementation and Early Impact Report, OPRE Report No. 2017-10, Washington, DC: Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.