Number of colleges participating: 1Lead: Donna Rane-Szostak, firstname.lastname@example.org, Saddleback College
Participating Colleges: Saddleback College ($200,000)
Brief Narrative: Continued growth in healthcare, along with the promise of high-wage and high-skill jobs, is leading to increased opportunities in the field of Allied Health and, in fact, to increased needs in the healthcare educational arena. Through a collaborative approach among Orange County’s Community Colleges, the K-12 system, and other regional stakeholders (from employers to workforce and economic development agencies to labor to governmental agencies) , the Health Workforce Initiative, and the growing healthcare industry, this Vertical Sector Leader Initiative is uniquely positioned to meet the evolving and unmet needs for healthcare training in the region. A collaborative approach and program alignment—with the VSL at the forefront—will result in the refining and expansion of training programs offering the potential for long-term employability and career growth. This project is expected to enhance existing programs where indicated, lead to new and innovative programs created in collaboration with and responsive to community partners and employers evolving labor market and healthcare training needs.