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career summer institute in mental health

Career Summer Institute in Mental Health

Mission College/Andrew Hill High School

Santa Clara County Department of Mental Health

Program Directors

Mary Metz-Foley/Christina Oborn/Veronica Correa


  • The passage of Proposition 63, Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) in 2004 has infused funds into the mental health industry, which translates into increased job demand.
  • Although, most mental health professions require education beyond AS or AA degrees, a pipeline or pathway must be established to recruit from the local diverse population.
  • The institute will serve as an important part of that pipeline.


co directors
  • Mary Metz-Foley
    • Leads Medical/Health Professions program at Andrew Hill High School
    • Medical/Health Professions program includes the Health & Human Services Academy, a three-year project based program for sophomores to seniors
  • Christina Oborn
    • Interim Director, Health Workforce Initiative, Region 3 and 4

Mission College

  • Veronica Correa

Psychology for Health & Human Services


institute goals
Institute Goals
  • Broaden the existing career pathway between Andrew Hill High School and Mission College.
  • Develop linkage activities and materials that will increase post-secondary enrollment in mental health pathways.
  • Expose students to the mental health field using a combination of career exploration, career-specific to mental health skills building, mental health services awareness, and education/career planning activities conducted over an intensive five days.


post secondary
  • Destinations post institute for the students include community college transfer programs; De Anza College’s Psychology and Early Childhood Mental Health Certificate Program;
  • Mission College’s Psychology, Psychiatric Technician, Community Health Worker, Community Health Worker for Developmentally Disabled, and Vocational Nursing programs.
  • San Jose State School of Social Work


  • Secondary: Andrew Hill High School, East Side Union High School District
  • Post-Secondary: Mission College, West Valley-Mission College Community College District, San Jose State College of Social Work
  • Business & Industry: Gardner Family Care Corporation, Catholic Charities, EMQ Children and Family Services, Starlight Community Services, Asian Americans for Community Involvement, County of Santa Clara Mental Health Department, HWI (Health Workforce Initiative), NOVA Workforce Investment Board.


santa clara county mental health department
Santa Clara County Mental Health Department
  • Learning Partnership Division-Intern Training Collaborative Program Monthly Meetings
  • Includes all participating Industry Partners
  • Ideal platform to reach out to industry for high school opportunities
  • Offered each student a $100.00 stipend for 40 hour training


employment data
Employment Data
  • The Economic Development Department for the Greater Bay Area, seven Metropolitan Service Areas (MSAs) report Social and Human Services Assistants, SOC 21-1093 is projected to increase from 7,790 in 2006 to 9,330 in 2016.
  • Psychiatric Technicians, SOC 29-2053 is expected to require 59 new and replacement workers annually.
  • As with most employment sectors, job replacements occupy a large portion of the job demand as baby-boomers retire.
employment data1
Employment Data
  • 2010 - National Survey by U.S. Dept. of Labor by Georgia State University found the demand for psychiatric aides in residential facilities will rise in response to the increase in elderly and mentally disabled adults.
  • California labor data trend for Psychiatric Technicians reports that employment form 2008-2016 will increase by 15% overall.
  • Wages for California Psychiatric Technicians were reported in a 2008 study by the state of California Wages division to range from $32,900-$65,000/yr.
institute outcomes
Institute Outcomes
  • The institute will provide 40 hours of training for 30 students, for a potential total of 1,200 training hours.
  • All students will complete a pre and post examination to measure their gained knowledge of the mental health field.
  • An evaluation of institute will include participants and organizers input.
  • It is critical to engage our local youth in career exploration and pathway activities, so that, completers of certificates and degrees dominate over dropouts.