ERIC Number: ED179692
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Project Salud. Final Report.
Reyes, Richard H.
A bilingual vocational training program was instituted to provide fifty-six Spanish- and Chinese-speaking students with a chance to acquire English language skills and training as medical clerks simultaneously. Community benefits expected and evident need in the area for bilingual medical-clerical employees led to the choice of this field. The twelve-month, four-quarter program had courses concentrated in skill development (office skills and medical office procedures) and English proficiency (language training and medical terminology). On-the-job experience came from work in local offices and clinics, the time ratio of classwork to fieldwork being 3:1. Sixteen courses were developed along with support services that included bilingual counseling and a learning center with bilingual instructors. The bilingual staff availed themselves of an extensive and individualized development program consisting of workshops and inservice training. The program was judged successful based on (1) overall positive student and staff response; (2) on-the-job training completion by 70% of students; (3) very high student achievement since twenty-two of the thirty-eight program completers received full-time employment (resulting in 183% increase in median income), while ten students decided to continue studying; and (4) staff gains in skills and experience resulting from program participation and inservice training. (Course descriptions, exercises, and a student questionnaire are appended.) (CP)
Descriptors: Allied Health Occupations Education, Asian Americans, Bilingual Education, English (Second Language), Experiential Learning, Job Skills, Medical Record Technicians, Minority Groups, Office Occupations Education, Program Descriptions, Program Effectiveness, School Community Programs, Spanish Speaking, Staff Development, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: De Anza Coll., Cupertino, CA.
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