Partners for Prosperity
Metropolitan Community College: The Preparados program
The Institute for Workforce Innovation of Metropolitan Community College launched Preparados, a bilingual nursing program in 2012. The program was created in response to the need for Spanish-speaking healthcare workers in the greater Kansas City area. Input from workforce investment boards, nonprofit agencies, local healthcare employers and other groups helped inform the program’s curriculum.
Some of the employers even took a hands-on approach.
Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics, the Association of Hispanic Nurses, Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center, North Kansas City Hospital, Research Medical Center and Truman Medical Center have provided assistance directly to students, providing mock interview scenarios, resumé building assistance and seminars on workforce preparedness.
And, of course, these healthcare organizations provide job opportunities when students complete the program.
To date, 27 students have completed the program. Eleven have been placed in jobs and the rest have gone on to pursue higher education degrees in nursing. Six will graduate with their Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) degrees this July.
Manuel Solano, MD, Preparados program director, said, “Without employer partnerships, programs like this would not exist. Employers tell us what they want in their workers. This means our students know more than just the subject; they know what it takes to be successful employees. Our students know what to expect in the workforce and what will be expected of them.”