SUN PATH Legislative Luncheon/Program Update Dec. 5 At The Capitol

SFCC News:
New Mexico Skill up Network: Pathway Acceleration in Technology & Healthcare (SUN PATH) will provide statewide program updates on performance outcomes and successes in the first two years of implementation to legislators and stakeholders in a scheduled luncheon next week for legislators, participants and press.                            
Who: SUN PATH Consortium, funded by a $15,000,000 grant received from US Department of Labor to fund a statewide collaboration to develop and expand healthcare career pathways. SFCC serves as consortium lead and includes 11 partnering community colleges, the Department of Workforce Solutions, the Department of Higher Education, and more than 200 healthcare employer partners across the state.   
When:  Mon. Dec. 5, noon to 3:30 p.m. Luncheon highlights:
  • Noon: Opening Remarks: Randy Grissom, President, Santa Fe Community College; Celina Bussey, Cabinet Secretary, Dept. of Workforce Solutions, Barbara Damron, PhD, RN, Cabinet Secretary, Higher Education Department.
  • 12:10 p.m.  Keynote Presentation: Jon M. Kerr, Director Adult Basic Education at the Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges (SBCTCP) National pioneer of the successful Integrated Basic Education Skills Training (I-BEST) and career pathways program in Washington State. Learn about the national return on investment and how it has been sustained.
  • 12:20 p.m. Student Keynote address: Victor Medina: SFCC SUN PATH/I-BEST graduate, now a diabetes specialist for the Community Health Program at La Familia Center.                     
Where: Luncheon (Noon- 1 p.m.) in Capitol Rotunda (West Wing). Program Updates (1:30-3:30 p.m.) Capitol Room 307. Full schedule available on request.                
Cost: Participants, legislators, and press only. Not a public function.                                     
Highlights of the statewide performance outcomes:
SUN PATH served 1,472 unique participants in the first two years. Participants were enrolled in programs of study in Allied Health, Emergency Medical Services, and Health Information Technology.
Altogether, 953 have completed their studies while earning 1,625 certificates, degrees and industry recognized credentials. Three hundred eighteen participants were employed after completing their programs. Incomes for 647 increased during or after their studies. Participants were mostly Hispanic (46 percent) and White (30 percent), while 18 percent were American Indian, and a small remainder (6 percent) represented other races/ethnicities. Most participants were females (76 percent).
Participants’ average age was 29. In the first two years, the SUN PATH consortium as a whole has spent a total of $6,668,786 or 44 percent of the total grant amount. The amount remaining for the final two years is $8,331,077 or 56 percent of the $14,999,893 amount.
For more information, contact New Mexico Sun Path Director Kristen Krell505.428.1142,
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