Allies Building Allied Health Pathways to Success

Project Goals

  • Recruit students from Victoria College, high school students taking classes at VC and recent VC graduates to transfer to the University of Houston-Victoria to earn a bachelor’s in health studies. Students also could enroll in another bachelor’s degree program that later would allow them to pursue a master’s in clinical mental health counseling.
  • Enroll at least 30 students in the project.
  • Increase Hispanic and African American students’ career self-efficacy, vocational outcome expectations and career knowledge to sustain pathways into allied health programs. A projected outcome for this goal is that students will increase vocational outcome expectations, career knowledge and career self-efficacy to pursue allied health programs. We would like every student to be sustained into his or her allied health pathway. Outcome data to measure this project goal includes changes in students’ career self-efficacy and outcome expectations, and percentage of participants successfully recruited into their allied health program.
  • Create strong partnerships and relationships with community health agencies to provide educational and employment opportunities for students. We will create partnerships with the following community health care providers: Citizens Medical Center, Gulf Bend Center, South Texas Children’s Home, Victoria County Public Health Department, Healthy South Texas, Mid-Coast Family Services and DeTar Healthcare System.
  • In order to evaluate this project goal, we will collect qualitative evidence through individual and focus group interviews with community partners and students to discover their perceptions of the partnership. We will track the number of field placements in allied health systems in the health professional shortage areas as well as the number of participants who complete at least three semester credit hours of experiential allied health training. Outcome data used to measure the performance project goal will include the number of established partnerships with community health agencies, annual percentage of project field placements in allied health systems in the health professional shortage areas within the program service area, number of participants who complete at least three semester credit hours of experiential allied health training, and the perceptions and experiences of the participants and partners.
  • Have the students work with community health partner companies doing job shadowing, following employees throughout the day and getting training from them. This could help the students get a job with these community health partner companies in the future.
  • Have the students get on-site instruction about basic skills and career education to help with academic performance and vocational skills.

Project Plan

We will have recruitment events on a monthly basis and distribute promotional items with our logo on them.

UHV Marketing & Communications will create flyers and give them to Victoria College to advertise the events. They will be posted in different places at Victoria College, including on their monitors, to advertise the events.

The Pathways Project Coordinator will speak at different classes to advertise the events, give out flyers and get the contact and other information for students interested in enrolling in the project.

Students will fill out interest forms at the recruitment events with the information we need from them.

Students will receive a call to give them more information and enroll them in the project.

Students will be assigned graduate student mentors to help with course selection and provide college and career guidance.

Students will work with community health partner institutions where they will do job shadowing, follow employees during the day and train with them. Community health partner companies also will provide educational workshops, on-site instruction about basic skills, and career education to improve academic performance and vocational skills.


Organization’s Values


  • Good work ethic
  • Honesty
  • Follow through on goals
  • Follow through on each student who expresses interest

Great Leadership

  • Through hiring qualified personnel
  • Through mentoring
  • By taking initiative
  • Consistent application of project policy hiring qualified personnel

Individual Responsibility

  • Team members who get work done well
  • Team members who take an active interest in reaching the goals of the project

Goal Oriented

  • Managing specific reachable goals
  • Focusing on attaining qualitative as well as quantitative results

This project is supported by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board grant number 17205 titled, Minority Health Research and Education Grant Program – Allied Health Pathways to Success, for $300,601. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by THECB or the State of Texas.