HOPE Careers Consortium
The HOPE Careers Consortium, composed of five colleges including Spokane Falls Community College, has been awarded a Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to expand and improve orthotics, prosthetics (O&P) and pedorthics education and students’ transition into the workforce. To support project success, the Consortium is involving industry, workforce and other partners in its programming and implementation.
The overarching goals of the orthotics/prosthetics program at SFCC are to:
- increase attainment of degrees, certifications, certificates, diplomas and other industry-recognized credentials that match the skills needed by employers, supporting a better prepared workforce for high-wage, high-skill employment or re-employment; and
- introduce or replicate innovative and effective methods for designing and delivering instruction that address specific industry needs and lead to improved learning, completion and employment.
The new and enhanced online curriculum will lead to the following credentials, certificates or degrees:
• One-year orthotic technician certificate
• One-year prosthetic technician certificate
• Two-year associate in applied science-transfer degree in orthotic-prosthetic technology
• Orthotic fitter
• Therapeutic shoe fitter
• Computer-aided Design/Computer-aided Manufacturing (CAD/CAM) program
• O&P office assistant