OneFuture Coachella Valley
OneFuture Coachella (OFCV) unifies regional efforts to increase educational attainment and career preparedness among low income students to assure healthy and economically thriving youth, families and communities and, simultaneously, a high-quality workforce and strong regional economy. Through the creation of a “college-going culture,” Valley leaders are strengthening the foundation of the education system in a way that will benefit the region long term.
This work was launched in 2005 as a career pathways initiative under the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership and expanded to include a regional college access and scholarship initiative in 2009. OFCV has been instrumental in creating a regional leadership focus on college and career success across all levels of education, business, and community. Key to this approach is involvement from the region’s employers, which ensures that student preparation is aligned with local workforce needs.
Through its regional efforts, OFCV mobilized health professionals and employers, agencies and education systems by establishing a Healthcare Industry Council, Health Academy Lead Teachers work group and in 2018 the Behavioral Health Alignment Team. Collectively, they have developed and implemented a plan that will increase the number of disadvantaged students in underserved communities in the Coachella Valley who pursue and successfully complete college degree programs in high demand healthcare fields including primary care physicians, nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, behavioral and mental health clinicians, and other professions including OBGYN. The Council identified job demand, academic requirements for pathways completion and strategies needed to expand the pool of local students pursuing and succeeding in these careers. The team provided direction on the academic majors that align with health career paths, identified key obstacles to students gaining exposure and work based learning experience in these careers, developed strategic focus areas to address these obstacles and is launching a Health Careers Resource Point on the College & Career (C2) Navigator system.
|2020||$17,500||General operating support to provide relief during COVID-19.|
|2019||$25,000||OneFuture Coachella Valley received a $25,000 grant to build upon the work of the Healthcare Industry Council, Health Academy Lead Teachers (HALT) and Behavioral Health Alignment Teams by structuring an undergraduate and post-graduate planning and navigation process beginning with high school health academies to fill a needed gap in healthcare careers including primary care, OBGYN, nursing and behavioral and mental health in the Coachella Valley.|