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El Centro College Nominated for Examples of Excelencia

Posted: April 5, 2017, 3:29 pm

(April 5, 2017) Dallas, TX – The community partnership between El Centro College and Sharing Life has been nominated for the 2017 Examples of Excelencia! Examples of Excelencia is the only national initiative focused on identifying and recognizing programs with evidenced-based practices that increase Latino student success in higher education. Since 1966, El Centro College has worked closely with local organizations to develop pathways for students in keeping with the mission of “Changing Lives, Building Futures.”

In 2016, El Centro’s Sharing Life program served 80 students and 100 certifications were obtained within the following programs: Community Health Care Worker (CHW); Basic Life Support (CPR); Electrocardiogram (EKG); Financial Planning Skills, Nurse Aide; Phlebotomy Technician, and National Career Readiness. With the collective resources and grant funds, clients and students are able to start their health career and receive additional benefits and assistance through Sharing Life’s client resources. This would not be possible without funding partners such as H2P, United Way, and WorkReady U and without the leadership and innovation of the H2P core group at El Centro College led by Vice-President, Sondra Flemming, LaCheeta McPherson, Julia Harryman, Pyeper Wilkins, Elizabeth Guerra and their partner at Sharing Life, Teresa Jackson, CEO.

Sharing Life Outreach is a non-profit benevolence organization that provides assistance to displaced workers and low-income individuals in Mesquite and southeast Dallas County. Sharing Life serves an average of 100 families a day, most of which could benefit from job skills attainment.  Sharing Life provides a full service food pantry, clothes closet, home-goods, utility assistance, durable medical equipment as well as offering educational programs.

El Centro delivers the NHA Patient Care credential on-site with a full nurse aide skills lab and classroom, giving clients who could not otherwise afford the opportunity to travel downtown for school. Sharing Life attributes growth in their client education programs to the innovative and continuous pursuit of grant opportunities by the leadership at El Centro who brought their mission to “improve lives through higher education” to the front door of their organization.

The El Centro Sharing Life model has inspired other community partnerships and even opened the door for Sharing Life to receive additional grants from other organizations. Funders have included the Dallas Women’s Foundation, BBVA Compass, Baron & Blue Foundation, and TXU Energy. El Centro is currently assisting with building new community partnerships that link the community with valuable workforce training and employers that hire directly from the training pool.

For more information, please contact: Elizabeth Guerra, El Centro Continuing/Workforce Education, Dean of Instruction, at 214-860-2236 or eguerra@dcccd.edu.

Students in a recent Certified Patient Care Technician class
Students in a recent Certified Patient Care Technician class: Marina Rangel, Brittani Springs, Theadora Owens, Adileny Carrion, Natalie Villalobos, Marta Martinez, Lorenza Martinez.