Summer Health Careers Institute – Santa Rosa
Secondary-post secondary partnership
Limited English Proficient Students
Title of Program: Summer Health Careers Institute
College: Santa Rosa Jr. College
College Contact:Jeannie Dulberg,
Manager Healthcare Workforce Development Program,
Target Population:culturally diverse, bilingual, low income high school students
primarily Latino youth.
Goals:to promote interest in the health care professions and create opportunities to
pursue health careers for a diverse population in Sonoma County.
Description:In 2001 the Healthcare Workforce Development Roundtable dreamed of
creating an opportunity for low income students to have an opportunity to explore health
careers. This dream was realized in the 2005 Summer Health Careers Institute. In it’s first
year of operation (the summer of 2005) twenty local high school students were selected
from 100 high school nominees to participate in the five week institute to explore
firsthand health care careers both on campus and at health care providers in the
community. Meeting Monday through Friday from 9am to 3pm, students attended classes
in the Race Health Sciences Building In these classes students reviewed topics ranging
from medical terminology and universal precautions to the history of medicine. Student’s
also job-shadowed professionals on site and at health care organizations, including the
Sonoma County Health Department, Kaiser Hospital, Memorial Hospital, and Sutter
Hospital. Student participants earned 15 high school credits and 5 college units, plus they
each received a stipend of $1,250. This upcoming summer’s Health Career Institute will
serve 22 students, each of whom will receive a stipend of $1,000.
Staffing:the Health Care Institute staff is composed of one full time management
position, one administrative assistant, and one full time bilingual/bicultural outreach
Facilities, equipment, materials: the program is housed on campus within new Health
Sciences Building. This state-of-the-art facility has the latest in telecommunication and
Health Care/Health Sciences technology, and has the capacity to double as a fully
operating Hospital as needed.
Costs, funding source:the cost of operating the Summer Institute program is
approximately $100,000. Funding has been primarily through a Chancellor’s Office
Industry Driven Regional Collaborative (IDRC) grant, however local fund raising has
contributed to funding the operation, and local hospitals have donated significant in-kind
money toward the project.
Outreach and marketing:all of the staff participate in outreach activities at local high
schools and community organizations to promote participation in the project, however a
very effective bilingual/bicultural outreach specialist devotes a significant amount of time
in outreach to the Latino community in efforts to recruit participation, and keep the
community aware of the success of this activity.
Evidence of effectiveness:of the 20 students entering last summers program, 100%
completed the program. Out of 500 attendance days, only 8 days were lost due to
absences. As a follow up, the program holds Bi-monthly events for last year’s graduates
that are well attended. These events are planned to keep student interest up, and allows the
program to track student’s future plans. At this point 100% of all last summers attendees
are planning to go on to college, and four are planning to continue their education at Santa
Rosa Jr. College upon graduation from high school.
Suggestions for replication:as developed at Santa Rosa Jr. College, this program needs
seed money from grants or business and industry to be replicated. Program staff believe
that there is significant Health Care/Hospital interest in such activities, and believes that
enthusiastic fund raising activities could raise a portion of the necessary funds, if not all
the necessary funds for a scaled down version of this program.
Bay/Interior Bay (3/4)
Career area: Health