Carreras en Salud (Careers in Health)
Carreras en Salud (Careers in Health) is a nationally recognized collaboration of Wilbur Wright College and the Humboldt Park Vocational Education Center, Instituto del Progreso Latino, Association House of Chicago, and the National Council of La Raza. It is designed to bridge the gap of bilingual Spanish-English personnel in the allied health industry. Through this comprehensive pathway program, Carreras has served over one thousand students, filling a much-needed service gap in the health care industry.
Carreras en Salud has been exemplified as a model program for the third year by The Aspen Institute’s Workforce Strategies Initiative - Courses to Employment Learning Demonstration Project. Additionally, Carreras en Salud has garnered several national awards, most notably in November 2010 in Washington DC as an “Example of Excelencia” by Excelencia in Education at the Associate Level.
HPVEC Computerized Numerical Control (CNC) Program Accredited by the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS)
On Thursday, October 13, 2011, Wright College-Humboldt Park Vocational Education Center became the first post-secondary institution in the City of Chicago and the fourth in the State of Illinois to be accredited by the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) for its Computerized Numerical Control (CNC) program. This industry standard accreditation recognizes that the CNC program at Wright-HPVEC meets or exceeds nationally established standards for excellence in metalworking training. The accreditation is renewable every five years.
The accreditation audit took place July 11 and 12, 2011. It included an inspection of the program’s CNC machine shop and a series of interviews with students, instructors, administrators, program advisory committee members and local employers. Wright-HPVEC’s employer and community based organization partners have supported the Center’s drive toward this accreditation and see the value it adds to the program and to the students who earn NIMS credentials as they complete the program and enter the workforce with a competitive edge. These credentials are a tangible validation that an individual possesses the skills sets necessary for gainful employment in manufacturing.
Computerized Numerical Control (CNC) and Electric/Electronic Industrial Maintenance (EEIM)
Humboldt Park Vocational Education Center has had a long and fruitful partnership with Instituto del Progreso Latino and Erie Neighborhood House with regards to manufacturing programs. Their manufacturing bridge programs provide students with a short-term pathway to employment through contextualized math and English at the partner organizations, and basic manufacturing and initial credentialing at HPVEC, while also providing them with the opportunity to complete the Advanced Certificate programs in CNC and EEIM with a solid foundation.
Manufacturing Works, an organization that works closely with Instituto del Progreso Latino and with HPVEC, assists in placing students completing the CNC and EEIM programs in internships or jobs. Paid internships for students in the Center’s manufacturing programs have been made possible in part by the Illinois Board of Higher Education Cooperative Work Study Grant.
CIMA Technology Center
The CIMA Technology Center is the materialization of a vision of our community’s leadership, and it has focused on technology. The most notable program under this initiative is the A+ Certification. In order to better prepare students for the industry, a hands-on computer refurbishing component has been added, under the direction of the Digital Workforce Education Society.
HPVEC continues to collaborate with area high schools to give students the opportunity to attend college credit classes in their junior and senior years of high school. HPVEC has continued its strong partnerships with ASPIRA’s three local high schools, Mirta Ramirez Computer Science High School, Early College, and Antonia Pantojas, and with Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School; more than one hundred students from these high schools have already successfully completed college credit classes in English and Math, giving these talented high school students an accelerated start in college.
HPVEC also takes pride in its active and highly productive collaborations with community based organizations and individuals. These collaborations have helped us to develop and provide innovative educational and training programs to members of the community and will continue to do so for years to come.