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Brief Summary of Funded Project

Grant Period: Three year grant implementation, with fourth year evaluation 2013-2017

Abstract:  The Los Angeles Healthcare Competency to Career Consortium (LA H3C) is a multi-college consortium project among all nine colleges that comprise the Los Angeles Community College District. A consortium of the community colleges, trade impacted companies, sector intermediaries, the workforce system and employers in the health-care industry sector will join forces to create an innovative training model for trade-impacted workers and other long-term unemployed in the Greater Los Angeles area. The primary focus of the project will be to build upon the progress of prior year TAACCCT grant projects to develop competency-based, stacked and latticed programs of study, including a common foundation credential, certificates of achievement and A.A./A.S. degrees related to eleven career pathways in the health science professions.

Partners: A number of required and optional partners will work with LA H3C.  These partners will play a variety of roles in the projects.

External Evaluator: Sacramento State I-Help at California State University Sacramento, Principal Investigator: Nancy Shulock

Employer and Industry Partners:  AltaMed; American Diabetes Association; The Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County (CCALAC); Children’s Hospital Los Angeles; Los Angeles Trust for Children’s Health; Hospital Association of Southern California; LA Area Chamber of Commerce/ UNITE LA’s Allied Health Workforce Pipeline Project, Achievable Clinic; UCLA Ronal Reagan Medical Center; UCLA Health; CareMore; Kaiser Permanente; South Central Family Health Center, Southside Coalition of Community Health Centers (SCCHC); and St. Vincent Medical Center.

Workforce System Partners: The City of Los Angeles Workforce Investment Board, Southeast Los Angeles County Workforce Investment Board (SELACO), and Managed Career Solutions.

Other Strategic Partners: LA n Sync, The National Network of Health Career Programs in TwoYear Colleges (NN2), Cincinnati State Technical and Community Colleges H2P Consortium, Northern Virginia Community College’s “Credentials to Career” program, Community College Transformative Change Initiative (TCI), managed by the Office of Community College Research and Leadership, The Collaboratory (supported by the Joyce, Lumina and Gates Foundations),  and an adaptive learning vendor and data management vendor yet to be determined.

Methodology and Work PlanLA H3C selected a health care pathway approach based on Los Angeles Trade Technical College’s competency based framework for student success that has been implemented over the past two years – the PACTS Model. This framework will now be used for the first time in healthcare for the LA H3Cs project and is entitled, Health Science Pathways for Academic, Career and Transfer Success (HPACTS).  The HPACTS Model is a competency-based approach for the successful entry, retention, completion and employment/transfer for TAA-eligible students, veterans and other adults. It includes the following:

  • successful outreach to TAA-eligible students, veterans and others; working collaboratively with MCS, the Los Angeles City WIB and the SELACO to conduct outreach and recruitment;
  • improved entry and engagement via the Health Science Pathway Orientation, which will provide a foundation for students; it incorporates evidence-based practices that include the assessment of interpersonal, academic and career readiness and assessment of credit for prior learning and experience;
  • improve retention and employability by establishing the Health Science Foundation Credential with regional workforce systems, regional employers, industry partners, and labor organizations that confirms readiness for entry-level health care employment as well as preparation to proceed into a program of study;
  • developing new and strengthen existing health science programs of study at nine colleges to provide opportunities for stacking and latticing without duplication;
  • increase the attainment of degrees, certifications, and industry-recognized credentials that match the skills needed by employers through curriculum enhancements and technology solutions; and
  • in partnership with workforce agencies, community-based organizations and employers, colleges increase employment rates and transfers to four-year institutions.

Program Components:

  1. Health Science Pathway OrientationThe HPACTS entry-level Health Science Pathway Orientation, sector-contextualized “bridge” experience, which will allow students to explore career options and make an informed choice sooner.
  2. Prior Learning AssessmentLA H3C and the Employer Advisory Council will provide meaningful content and recommend strategies to assess mastery of competencies from prior or other learning.
  3. Digital Badges – Digital badges will be used to verify and “package” competencies. This new technology increases the portability of competency based credentials, and allows for more refined descriptions of those competencies and assessment protocols. Often compared to the merit badges earned by scouts, academic badging is a form of “micro-credentialing.”
  4. Stacked and Latticed Credentials with Industry Engagement LA H3C planners worked directly with employer partners and the Los Angeles health care industry sector Intermediary to determine employers’ needs and advise on the development of stacked and latticed credentials. In partnership with employers, LA H3C will develop an industry recognized Health Science Foundation Credential representing a “minimal skills” exit point at an early stage of the healthcare pathway. HPACTS is comprised of four distinct and stacked tiers, representing competencies students attain to reach key milestones leading to completion of a health science program of study. Each tier is comprised of multiple competencies that collectively prepare students to progress to the next Tier.
  5. Technology Enrichment and Adaptive Learning – Each of the LA H3C programs of study will be infused with technology-enabled learning solutions, including adaptive learning, digital tutoring and simulation technology. Advanced technology is infused into the program design in several ways that will positively impact the outcomes for trade-impacted and other adult students in the program.

Staffing: Each college submitted a budget which included the staffing patterns based on capacity and interest.  The application included staff organizational charts for each college.

Scorecard and Tracking: The use of the District Student Information System is not very robust for gathering data beyond completion

  • To address gaps in tracking, students will be tracked through the use of  data management software that enables real-time participant and program tracking, performance reporting and outcomes measurements.

The chosen system  will be configured to work dynamically with LACCD’s Student Information System (SIS) for collecting student data (e.g., demographic, enrollment and grade data).

  • All Program Directors will have access to a LA H3C Score Card, a required grant activity, developed by the LA H3C Information Systems Coordinator working with the college and district Institutional Researchers.
  • A H3C colleges will also use Salary Surfer, a new online tool that allows students and the public to view the aggregated median earnings of those who complete certificates or degrees in community college programs and then enter the workforce as reported through the state Employment Development Department. LA H3C has made arrangements with Salary Surfer administrators to get real time data and salary information for specifically identified and requested cohorts.