Project OnRamp

Purpose

Earning an average of just $9 an hour in Dallas County, Certified Nurse Aides (CNA) serve a pivotal role in the healthcare sector but often live below the poverty level.  As JPMorgan Chase’s first investment in Dallas under its New Skills at Work Initiative, Project OnRamp enabled participants to transition from working poor to living wage status by bringing them to higher skill levels.

 
 

Project OnRamp

Through Project OnRamp, Certified Nurse Aides received tuition and books to complete their Patient Care Technician (PCT) training at Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD).

Many elected to complete additional JMPC-supported certifications in medical assisting or billing and coding, further increasing their potential employment opportunities and income.

Students completing Project OnRamp received job placement assistance through the DCCCD Health Careers Resource Center’s office and annual job fair.

 

Outcomes

Interest in the Program

A total of 249 individuals applied to participate in Project OnRamp. The majority of those deemed ineligible had not yet completed their Certified Nurse Aide coursework. These individuals, as well as others who were not able to participate in Project OnRamp, were connected with resources to continue their healthcare coursework or explore other career options within DCCCD.

 

Participants

 
194
Students Accepted
 
94%
Female Students
 
6%
Male Students

total students

Project OnRamp accepted a total of 194 students.

demographics

Participants included 6% Asian, 54% African American/Black, 26% Hispanic/Latino, 9% White, and 5% Unknown/Other. Of these students, 94% were female and 6% were male.

Average Entry Wage

Upon entry into Project OnRamp, the average hourly wage for participants was $10.81.

 

Completed Participants

Completed Participants
162 participants earned their Patient Care Technician certification through Project OnRamp

additional certification
More than 10% of those who completed Project OnRamp elected to earn additional certifications

increased earnings
The average hourly wage for completers is $14.50, a 25% increase in earnings from when they began Project OnRamp

Completed Participants Summary

162 participants earned their Patient Care Technician certification through Project OnRamp. The average hourly wage for completers is $14.50, a 25% increase in earnings from when they began Project OnRamp. More than 10% of those who completed Project OnRamp elected to earn additional JMPC-supported certifications to further advance their employment opportunities.

Participants in Progress

An additional 32 students supported through Project OnRamp are currently enrolled in coursework to earn their PCT certification by the end of their year.

 

Impact

What some participants had to say about Project OnRamp.

“Thank you for giving me the chance to advance in a profession that is steadily growing. I would not have been able to pay for this out of pocket to further my career.”
“I was struggling, working close to 100 hours a week, without benefits, as a CNA. Because of Project OnRamp, I now have a career, not just a job.”
“This project opened doors for me. Since earning my PCT certification, I’ve started a job at one of the largest hospital systems in the country.”
“Now that I’m a Patient Care Technician, I can earn enough to support my family and go to nursing school.”
 

Contact the Health Careers Resource Center


Contact

HCRC@dcccd.edu
214-860-2283
8:00 AM – 4:30 PM


Location

701 Elm St.
Dallas, Texas 75202

One-half block from the DART West End rail station