According to the Center of Excellence, the health sector accounts for 765,664 jobs and has a projected 15% job growth (or an additional 118,900 openings) in the next five years. With an average annual wage between $68,871 and $75,132, the Strong Workforce Regional Plan supports the development of Sports Physical Therapy pathways within K-16 institutions to provide students access to sustainable careers.
Gabrielino High School also recognized the need to provide underserved populations within their partnering districts with more opportunities for high-quality CTE training in the Health Science and Medical Technology sector. With K12 Strong Workforce Program (SWP) funding, this August, Gabrielino High established a sports medicine pathway where students participate in enriched after-school work-based learning programs that allow for medical experience in athletic training.
At the newly constructed Sports Physical Therapy Lab, students who complete the pathway will improve their career readiness in multiple medical pathways and receive college credits with local community college articulation agreements once the program is fully established. To make this new program a reality, Gabrielino High partnered with Mt. San Antonio College, East Los Angeles College, Citrus College, Baldwin Park USD, Glendora USD, San Gabriel USD, and Walnut Valley USD, including collaborative partners ATvantage Athletic Training, Mt. San Antonio College Athletic Department, CMS Sports Medicine, and Cedars Sinai.
We encourage K12 institutions to reach out to their K12 Pathway Coordinators at https://losangelesrc.org/k12-strong-workforce-program/.