CUNY and Hostos Community College helping to provide healthcare career training to build better futures

A leader in training tomorrow’s healthcare workers, Hostos Community College has partnered with The City University of New York, the New York City Department of Education, and Montefiore Medical Center to open a new school that will be a clear pathway for younger students into the healthcare and related fields.

HERO High (Health, Education and Research Occupations), slated to open this fall, is an early college and career school that serves students in grades 9-14.  A preparatory pipeline to careers in New York City’s large and vital healthcare sector, students can earn a Career and Technical Education (CTE)-endorsed Regents diploma, as well as an associate degree in nursing or community health through Hostos Community College.

HERO High offers two program tracks: Nursing and Community Health. The curriculum will include math, English, science, social studies, nursing, and community health. Students will gain a rigorous liberal arts education emphasizing literacy, accelerated math and science, and work-based learning. Students will take college classes starting in 10th grade and can earn an associate degree in a small school environment. The academic program will prepare students to succeed in college through hands-on, real-world problem solving, advanced work in math and science, and challenging reading and writing tasks in every class. Students will learn to meet the public health challenges of a changing world by working with others to address the needs of their own communities. Academic and social support will be personalized so that every student reaches his or her potential.

The first cohort of students in this dynamic and forward-thinking program will be arriving at Hostos in four years. To better serve them, as well as the entire region, the College plans to build a new Allied Health and Natural Science Complex on Walton Avenue. The complex will transform healthcare and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and services with its state-of-the-art classrooms and facilities.

During his 2013 State of the Union address, President Obama praised six-year model programs like HERO High when referencing the CUNY Pathways in Early Technology High School — better known as P-TECH. Launched in 2011, P-TECH is a six-year program where students start in ninth grade and can earn associate degrees through a partnership with IBM and CUNY.

President Félix V. Matos Rodríguez is excited about this latest model that will prepare students for a 21st century economy, as well as enhance American competitiveness. “Getting students engaged early, as well as providing the right training and direction, is crucial not only for the students, but for the community as a whole,” President Matos Rodríguez said. “HERO High will lead to quality careers and strengthen our region’s economic and physical infrastructure. This is a win-win situation that we are truly excited to be a part of.”

Kristin Cahill, the Principal of HERO High, added: “Our school has the potential to address the two major issues of our time: closing the achievement gap and reducing income inequality. Our innovative school model has the potential to prepare a diverse group of students to prosper in the 21st century and enter family-supporting occupations upon graduation.”

Hostos Community College has established an outstanding reputation in healthcare training through its Allied Health Sciences Department, which offers associate degrees in Applied Science programs in Dental Hygiene, Licensed Nursing, and Radiologic Technology. Hostos has also expanded healthcare offerings through the Continuing Education and Workforce Development Division’s Allied Health Career Pipeline Program.

HERO High School is located on the Samuel Gompers Campus at 455 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY.

For more information, email HERO High at: kcahill@herohigh.net

About Hostos Community College:
Eugenio María de Hostos Community is an educational agent for change that has been transforming and improving the quality of life in the South Bronx and neighboring communities since 1968. It serves as a gateway to intellectual growth and socioeconomic mobility, as well as a point of departure for lifelong learning, success in professional careers, and transfer to advanced higher education programs. The College’s unique “Student Success Coaching Unit” provides students with individualized guidance and exemplifies its emphasis on student support services.

Hostos offers 29 associate degree programs and five certificate programs that facilitate easy transfer to CUNY’s four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions. The College has an award-winning Division of Continuing Education & Workforce Development that offers professional development courses and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. Hostos is part of The City University of New York (CUNY), the nation’s leading urban public university, which serves more than 480,000 students at 24 colleges.