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HCC helps low-income, ESL students enter health care field

Highline Community College’s new College Attainment Program, in partnership with local nonprofit Neighborhood House, helps low-income, English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) students finish school and find work in the health care field.

“This program provides an opportunity for low-income students to achieve their long-term goals of obtaining higher education in the medical field, which will provide a livable wage for themselves and their families,” said College Attainment Program’s Education Navigator Cindy Holland.

The program provides one-on-one academic support and job search assistance to students enrolled in one of the college’s eligible health care programs and living within Seattle city limits.

Holland will be on campus three days a week in the Transition Referral & Resource Center to help students connect to financial aid opportunities, register for classes and find employment in their chosen health care field.

Eligible health care programs include Medical Assistant, Medical Transcriptionist, Respiratory Care, Polysomnographic Technology, Registered Nursing and Patient Account Specialist.

For more information about the College Attainment Program, call 206-422-4710 or e-mail cindyh@nhwa.org.

Highline’s Transition Referral & Resource Center provides advising services to help upper-level ESL students transition to college-level courses. For more information, visit http://flightline.highline.edu/transitioncenter.

Neighborhood House helps immigrants, refugees and low-income people overcome economic, educational and employment challenges. For more information, visit www.nhwa.org.

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