Pathways to Prosperity and STAND Programs

Pathways to Prosperity

Pathways to Prosperity is a national initiative created by Jobs for the Future and the Harvard Graduate School of Education to develop pathways that link work and learning to meet projected state labor market demands in 9 states, including Massachusetts.

In Boston, Pathways to Prosperity is a six-year pathway program for high school students; starting in grade 9, who have expressed an interest in healthcare professions. Students will have an opportunity to complete Bunker Hill Community College prerequisite coursework prior to enrolling at the college. By completing prerequisite coursework during high school, participants will begin accumulating credits to receive a degree or certificate in their chosen healthcare field from BHCC.

BHCC has partnered with the Department of Secondary and Elementary Education, Jobs for the Future (JFF), Boston Public Schools (BPS), the Harvard Medscience Program and the Boston Private Industry Council (PIC) to develop a six year, grade 9-14 career pathway for students from high school through community college, and into the healthcare workforce.

Participating Schools Include:

  • The Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers
  • The Community Academy of Science and Health

P.E.P (Pathways Healthcare Education Program)

The Pathways to Prosperity Healthcare Education (P.E.P) Program provides work based learning opportunities for 9th and 10th grade students, in clinical settings, around the City of Boston through the Boston Private Industry Council and the Harvard MedScience Program. Part one (9th grade) introduces students to explore the wide variety of health care career choices through hospital tours, job shadowing, and career panels. Part two (10th grade) provides hands-on simulation experiences in order for students to better understand which career appeals to their interests and skills. Through the P.E.P students will be able to make an informed decision about which healthcare career path is right for them.

STAND Program

STAND (Students Taking Action for Nursing Diversity) strives to assist the alleviation of health disparities through education, experience, and mentoring for Boston high school seniors focused on a career in the healthcare industry.

STAND is a three-tier program that provides high school students who have expressed an interest in the nursing field an opportunity to pursue a nursing degree at Bunker Hill Community College.  Launched to level the playing field in healthcare careers, STAND reaches out to students in Boston’s inner-city neighborhood and guides them through the necessary prerequisite courses for nursing. Students who complete the STAND program requirements and Bunker Hill Community College's course prerequisites and who achieve passing scores on the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) will be guaranteed acceptance into the College's highly competitive Nursing Program. STAND counselors are available to advise students on coursework, scheduling and other issues. Students will also have the option to receive a certificate from one of the BHCC Allied Health programs, such as Medical Assistant, Medical Coding, Phlebotomy Technician, Surgical Technician, Patient Care Technician, and Central Processing. STAND provides students with a foundation from which to build skills toward a rewarding career and the opportunity to earn a good salary, with benefits. The program provides the first step to a job that will command the respect of colleagues, family and friends. STAND was first launched in 2005 with a grant from the Boston Public Health Commission. It proved to be such a successful program, the College has continued its funding through the College’s operational budget. Bunker Hill Community College remains enthusiastic about collaborating with community partners to make STAND an increasingly productive and progressive program.

Participating Schools Include:

  • The Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers
  • Urban Science Academy
  • Madison Park Vocational Technical Academy
  • The Community Academy of Science and Health
  • Jeremiah E. Burke High School
  • Boston International Newcomers Academy
  • Somerville High School
  • Medford Vocational Technical High School
  • Cambridge Rindge and Latin School

STAND Advantages

  • Free dual enrollment course at BHCC
  • Hands-on labs and workshops
  • Mentoring, advising and tutoring
  • Field trips
  • Transportation stipends
  • Guaranteed admission to BHCC's Nursing program upon successful completion of all prerequisites

 STAND Lessons

  • Healthcare career options
  • Learning styles
  • Communication skills
  • Medical terminology
  • Conversions/abbreviations
  • Vital signs
  • Test taking skills
  • Time management
  • Personal care and self-respect