Special Populations Collaborative

Economically Disadvantaged/All Special Populations

Santa Barbara City College and Butte College Allied Health Workers Student Success Kit

Marsha Roberson, RHORC Director, Santa Barbara City College, roberson@sbcc.edu

Linda Zorn, RHORC Director, Butte College, zornli@butte.cc.ca.us

Target population: The target audience is all students enrolled in or interested in an allied health program but particularly those students who are entering into a registered nursing program. However, the program is aimed at faculty, guidance counselors, career counselors, tutors and support staff to allied health students.

Goals: The goal of the program is to enhance and support the efforts made by community college allied health program directors to recruitment and retain students in allied health programs.

Description: A recent study illuminated a problem with recruitment and retention in nursing programs. The study showed a high attrition level. As a result of this the Regional Health Occupations Research Center (RHORC) developed a set of CDs on Strategies for Student Success in Health Occupations. The CDs include 1) a Model curriculum and 2) Resources for Health Occupations Programs. The first CD, Resources for HO Programs, contains recruitment techniques, ways to better prepare students, and retention strategies.

On the second CD, Success in HO: A Model Curriculum, there is a module on an introduction to health care careers, a module on maximizing learning, a module on assessing critical math and English skills, and others. The Kit is available at no cost to all allied health programs, and has been distributed to all allied health programs in California’s community colleges and at area hospitals. Next year RHORC plans to develop a CD on faculty recruitment, the benefits and drawbacks of a medical career and other issues not addressed on the first CD.

Staffing: Mr. James Comins is the RHORC Initiative Director and funded the project, however, the work was done largely by RHORC Directors Marsha Roberson of Santa Barbara City College, and Linda Zorn of Butte College, along with Mr. Comins and Barbara Whitney from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office.

Facilities, equipment, materials: To maximize usage of the CD, the computer running the CD needs to be a multi-media capable player, however, the CD has a QuickTime download button that opens automatically if the users computer does not have it installed.

Costs, funding source: VTEA

Outreach and marketing: The CDs are marketed through the RHORC centers, counselors, and state workforce groups. 1500 CDs have been given out so far. In the 2005-2006 school year, high school counselors’ will be the target audience.

Evidence of effectiveness: The evidence of effectiveness will be in the numbers of students who are recruited into and retained in allied health programs statewide.

Suggestions for replication: The CD is a ready to go tool-kit and is available free to anyone who wants it. It is also a model for other high-demand career clusters that are struggling with recruitment and retention.