Hostos Community College Awarded $1.48 Million To Train Low-income Individuals for Careers in Health Care

Eugenio Maria de Hostos Community College of The City University of New York has been awarded a federal grant of $1,480,000 to initiate an Allied Health Career Pipeline Program, which will provide training in health care professions for public assistance recipients and low-income individuals. This is the first allocation in a five-year funding cycle that is projected to total $7,400,000.

“The Allied Health Pipeline is consistent with Hostos Community College’s mission and our commitment to improve the quality of life for residents of the South Bronx and surrounding communities,” said Dr. Félix V. Matos Rodríguez, the college’s president. “This workforce development program will prepare over 900 low income individuals for employment in the health care field.”

The college’s Office of Grants Administration reported that this is the largest federal grant Hostos has ever received from the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

According to Dr. Carlos Molina, Dean of Special Programs at Hostos, this funding will enable the college to meet a critical need:

“Employers and labor experts concur that over the next decade, the healthcare field will feel the impact of an aging population that requires increased care; an aging workforce that requires replacement workers; and a demand for workers with higher levels of certified skills. To help meet these needs, Hostos is collaborating with many partners to achieve our goals. These include the New York State Department of Labor, the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, the New York City Human Resources Administration, the New York City Workforce Investment Board, the New York City Department of Small Business Services, the Workforce1 Career Center One-Stop Network, the 1199SEIU Training and Education Fund, and several Bronx healthcare providers.”

As the size of the healthcare workforce is increasing, so is the demand for highly skilled workers who can satisfy the industry’s demands for excellent patient care and more efficient delivery of services. In response, Hostos offers a variety of associate degree programs in its Allied Health Sciences Department and certificate-bearing programs in its Continuing Education and Professional Studies Department. These include registered nursing, certified nurse assistant (CNA), dental hygiene, and radiologic technology, as well as a one-year certificate program in licensed practical nursing. 

The implementation of the Hostos CC Allied Health Career Pipeline Program will be spearheaded by Dr. Molina and supervised by Lorraine Altman, Executive Director of the Hostos Community College Department of Continuing Education and Professional Studies (CEPS). She will supervise a team of staff members including Zenobia Johnson, manager of the Adult Learning Center program, Alder Davis, instructors and several other project staff members.

About Hostos

Eugenio Maria de Hostos Community College, part of the City University of New York system, was founded in 1968.  Located in the South Bronx, the college currently serves more than 6,000 students.  In addition to associate degree programs that facilitate easy transfer to CUNY’s four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions, Hostos also has an award-winning Continuing Education and Professional Studies Department that offers courses for professional development and certificate-bearing workforce training programs.

In four decades, Hostos has grown from a class of 623 in the fall of 1970 to the spring 2010 enrollment of over 6,000 students.  The college also serves an additional 10,000 students through its Continuing Education and Professional Studies Department.  Hostos has 300 faculty members, and serves a total of 16,530 students.

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The New York State Office of Temporary & Disability Assistance issued the following press release to announce four federal grants that were recently awarded to organizations in New York State, including Hostos Community College.

News from New York State Office of Temporary & Disability Assistance

For more information contact: Anthony Farmer, 518-474-9516

 State Announces Federal Funding for Job Training in Health Care Field

 Programs in New York City, Long Island, Western New York and Capital Region to Benefit

 ALBANY, NY (10/04/2010)(readMedia)–
The State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) today announced that four organizations in New York State have been awarded a total of $6 million in federal grants to provide training to low-income individuals that will lead to employment and advancement opportunities in a variety of health care professions.

OTDA announced that the Health Profession Opportunity Grants have been awarded to agencies in the Bronx, Buffalo, Hauppauge and Schenectady. The grants are among 32 awarded to entities in 23 states by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

“These grants will allow low-income workers the chance not only to develop skills to secure a job in this high-demand field, but put them on a career path that leads to higher pay over time,” said Kristin Proud, Deputy Secretary for Human Services, Technology and Operations, who is currently overseeing OTDA. “We are grateful that ACF has recognized the value of the programs proposed by these four groups and are confident that participants will emerge with a better opportunity to achieve economic security and a better life for themselves and their children.”

“The need for skilled health care workers remains strong in New York, and we expect additional job growth in this sector as the State implements federal health care reform,” said State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D. “The grants will help train individuals to work in the exciting health care field, where they will find opportunities in home health care, physicians’ offices, hospitals, and many other areas that provide personal and professional rewards.”

The grants will provide public assistance recipients and other low-income individuals with training for work in a variety of health care professions, including as home care aides, certified nursing assistants, medical assistants, pharmacy technicians, emergency medical technicians, licensed vocational nurses, registered nurses, dental assistants, and health information technicians. Organizations awarded grants will also provide additional services, including transportation and dependent care. OTDA will work closely with the selected organizations to coordinate the services funded through these grants with other resources to maximize the impact in the community for both job seekers and employers.

The following groups were awarded funding:

Buffalo and Erie County Workforce Development Consortium, Inc., Buffalo, $1,323,067

Schenectady County Community College, Schenectady, $2,257,885

Research Foundation of the City University of New York – Hostos Community College, Bronx, $1,480,000

Suffolk County Department of Labor, Hauppauge, $1,002,021


Media Contact at Hostos Community College:

Néstor Montilla

Communications & College Relations Manager

Division of Institutional Development

Eugenio María de Hostos Community College

of The City University of New York

120 East 149th Street, Rm. 214 E Bronx, NY 10451

Tel. (718) 518-4355

Fax #: (718) 518-4240