Short-term training programs for health care careers significantly boosted employment and income for Hispanics involved in a new study from Rice University, helping them overcome long-standing achievement gaps exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hispanic graduates of The College of Health Care Professions (CHCP) reviewed in the study, which was conducted by the Rice University School Mathematics Project (RUSMP), had a 78% graduation rate and 80% job placement, well above the national averages of less than 50%. Graduates also had incomes 2.5 to 3.1 times higher than when they started the program.
The study also revealed that first-generation students, who typically have attainment rates below the national average, graduated and found jobs at the same rate as their peers. Most of the graduates entered health care fields like medical assisting, radiology, surgical technology and medical billing and coding.