Hernandez, Dr. Ed

State Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez is the new chair of the Assmelby Health Committee, and currently represents the 57th District, which includes the cities of Azusa, Baldwin Park, Covina, La Puente, West Covina, Irwindale, Industry, as well as Avocado Heights, Bassett, Citrus, North Whittier, Valinda and other unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County.

Overlooking Health Sector, Community College Needs Will Cause Pain Later

By State Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez

Picture Gloria, a 20-year-old woman who lives in the San Gabriel Valley. After graduating high school with great grades in math and science, she wants to be a certified nursing assistant – a position high in demand and that would put her on a path towards stable, secure employment in the growing health care field.

Nearby community colleges offer such programs, but even with strong test scores and other prerequisites, Gloria is put on a waiting list, where she waits. And waits. And still waits two years later.

This scenario, unfortunately, is all too common across California. But the implications go far beyond a simple lack of opportunity for students. Gloria’s inability to begin her health education impacts the state’s economy and the very quality of care we’ll receive in years to come.