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SUN PATH is a U.S. Department of Labor funded grant enhancing healthcare education at community colleges to better meet local healthcare workforce needs. SUN PATH partners community colleges with local healthcare employers to get their inputs on employee skills and training they need to support their businesses/healthcare practices. The grant targets veterans, unemployed, underemployed and underprepared workers.

NMSU-A is a SUN PATH partner school. Here are some benefits already seen:


After three years in SUN PATH, NMSU-Alamogordo has served 139 unique participants enrolled in various programs of study. Altogether, 102 have completed their studies, a completion rate of 73% (many are still retained in their program of study), while earning 116 certificates, degrees, and industry recognized credentials in total. Seventeen participants were employed after completing their programs. Employment data is not complete as there is a 9 month lag time to access the most current employment data. Incomes for 43 increased during or after their studies. Participants were mostly White (55%) and Hispanic (30%), while 7% were African American, and a small remainder (8%) represented other races/ethnicities. Most participants were females (70%). Participants’ average age was 31. Forty-eight participants were Pell eligible. NMSU-Alamogordo was allocated $762,014 for TAACCCT 4, and at the end of the third year, $594,680 (78%) was spent. The grant has been extended into a fourth year and remaining funds can be used through that year.

Programs of Study

Allied Health

Emergency Medical Technician

Community Impact of SUN PATH From 2014 – 2017

 

“The IBEST instructor has been instrumental in helping my students learn basic math and writing skills and helping them to be confident in those skills. The JDCC helps the students with job interviewing skills, resume writing, and team building. I consider these professionals to be an integral part of my curriculum.”

- Karen Armstrong-Sadowski,RN, MSN, MSHEd., CHES Associate Professor, Allied Health

“The SUN PATH program has really progressed over the past few semesters. It seems like each semester students are improving and they all seem to be getting jobs. I know we at Ben Archer Clinic have hired at least 6 of the graduates over the span of a few years and they have been great co-workers.”

- Yvette Misquez,Phlebotomist Technician at Ben Archer Health Clinic

Phlebotomy student, Savannah Swayzee, practices phlebotomy techniques on SUN PATH JDCC, Genaro Brusuelas.

Phlebotomy student, Savannah Swayzee, practices phlebotomy techniques on SUN PATH JDCC, Genaro Brusuelas.

EMT-Basic students work with Holloman Air Force Base Firehouse One. Twelve  veterans  completed the EMT-Basic course in spring 2017. The partnership also allowed EMT's in need of CEUs to work with the students in exchange for credits.

EMT-Basic students work with Holloman Air Force Base Firehouse One. Twelve veterans completed the EMT-Basic course in spring 2017. The partnership also allowed EMT’s in need of CEUs to work with the students in exchange for credits.

Anne Blankenship, CNA at Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center, spoke to Nursing Assistant Students  regarding her position, sharing real life stories with students.

Anne Blankenship, CNA at Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center, spoke to Nursing Assistant Students regarding her position, sharing real life stories with students.


Becky Ross

Director of Allied Health
Becky Ross
bRoss@nmsu.edu
575.439.3871
For more information, please see the Faculty and Staff Page

Karen Armstrong-Sadowski

SUN-PATH Faculty
Karen Armstrong-Sadowski
karenSad@nmsu.edu
575.439.3875
For more information, please see the Faculty and Staff Page

Paula Harms-Van Duyn

I-BEST Basic Skills Instructor
Paula Harms-Van Duyn
pjHarms@nmsu.edu
575.439.3815

Genaro Brusuelas

Job Development Career Coach – Provides employer, employee, and student services
Genaro Brusuelas
genaro.brusuelas@state.nm.us
575.439.3862
575.437.9210 ext. 1017
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This workforce product was funded by a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. The product was created by the grantee and does not necessarily reflect the official position of the U.S. Department of Labor. The U.S. Department of Labor makes no guarantees, warranties, or assurances of any kind, express or implied, with respect to such information, including any information on linked sites and including, but not limited to, accuracy of the information or its completeness, timeliness, usefulness, adequacy, continued availability, or ownership.
The New Mexico SUN PATH TAACCCT project provides equal opportunities (EO) to all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local regulations.

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