SUN PATH HELPS YOU EARN AN EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN (EMT) or CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANT (CNA) CERTIFICATE
Interested in getting into the healthcare field but worried about being able to pass the certification exam? Perhaps you still lack a high school diploma, but want to jump-start getting into a career? Then this federally-funded course may be for you! Financial assistance is available for your classes.
- 16 Week Program
- 3 Days a week for EMT
- 2 Days a week for CNA
- 4 Weeks of Clinicals at Holy Cross Hospital
Now enrolling for fall CNA and EMT programs (including EMS intro and EMT intermediate)!
This program is designed to strengthen your reading, writing, math, English language, and test-taking skills WHILE you study for your EMT or CNA certification. The program also provides extra support for you to gain employment and succeed in the workplace.
If you are interested in getting more information about the SUN PATH, I-BEST CNA course, including requirements and eligibility, contact Rasa Lila @ UNM Taos at 575-737-3731 or 3730.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
WE are looking for veterans, members of the community that would like to expand their earning potential, single parents, and anyone who is committed to change their lives.
If you have had a hard time finding employment, the skills you gain in this program will lead into a high demand career in the field of healthcare.
DO I NEED A GED OR HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA?
No, you don’t need a high school diploma. While you are getting career training in this program, the classes you take count for college and high school credit. Upon completing the program you will be prepared to be certified as a healthcare professional. (CNA & EMT)
As a SUN PATH student, you are not in this alone. You have a team committed to your employment success. This means that you will not only find a job, but one that suites you and your career goals.
SUN PATH Students
- Individual Academic and Career Support
- Financial Aid Guidance
- Resume Development and Job Interviews
- Job Fairs and Employer Networking Opportunities
- WIOA Funding (If Eligible)
SUN PATH Program Coordinator
Phone: (575) 737-3731 or 3730
115 Civic Plaza Drive
Taos, New Mexico
SUN PATH I-BEST (Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training) Program
I-BEST uses a team-teaching approach. Students work with two teachers in the classroom: one provides job-training and the other teaches basic skills in reading, math or the English language. Students get the help they need while studying in the career field of their choice; they learn by doing.
SUN PATH I-BEST Program will prepare you for a career in healthcare by teaching you the necessary skills to do the job while strengthening your reading, writing and math abilities, or obtaining your high school equivalency.
The I-BEST team of teachers and advisers will help you learn to balance classes with other life, family, and work commitments.
I-BEST Healthcare Certificates
- Home Health Aide or Nursing Assistant
- Emergency Medical Technician
NEW MEXICO SKILL UP NETWORK (SUN) CREDIT FOR PRIOR LEARNING
Credit for prior learning gives students college credit for education, relevant work and life experience outside the classroom. UNM Taos is in the process of establishing guidelines for consistency in calculating these credits. Ask your advisor if you qualify to reduce the number of semesters you need to be in school before you’re prepared for your new career. You can build your career and educational skills at the same time, reducing the number of semesters you need to be in school before you’re prepared for your new career.
JOB DEVELOPMENT CAREER COACH SERVICES
Job Development Career Coach (JDCC) services are available for you throughout your educational experience in the SUN PATH program and prepare you for a career after graduation.
We offer many different services based on your needs.
- One-on-one career blueprint: development of where you want to go and how to get there
- Assistance creating effective resumes, cover letters, and thank you letters or email messages
- Overview and guidance using the New Mexico Workforce Connection Online System, which includes posting your resume for employers to see
- Assistance submitting resumes to potential employers
- Career readiness workshops: resume building, do’s and don’ts in an interview, mock interviews, and dress for success
- Information on job fairs and summits
- Assessment of your skills through WorkKeys/Career Ready 101 and Prove It!
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“The New Mexico SUN PATH TAACCCT project provides equal opportunities (EO) to all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local regulations.”