North Shore Healthcare Partnership – Legacy Program
These enhanced programs encouraged the concept of “stackable credits” within the healthcare curricula at North Shore Community College. In addition, both these certificates resulted in a higher skilled clinical staff person who is more likely to successfully enter and complete Associate Degree health care programs.
Our regional healthcare partnership involved multiple employers in both the acute and long-term care industry on the North Shore as well as our one stop career center and local community college. Past efforts amongst many of the partners include very targeted projects addressing the skills gap that is involved with creating career pathways within the healthcare industry.
Our partnership enrolled participants within certificate based programs at North Shore Community College that will include certified Nurse Aide, surgical tech, certified medical assistant, gerontology activity specialist, and medical billing. These certificate based programs have been identified through surveys of our employer partners as being in-demand occupations at their facilities. These participants will be recruited from food service, environmental service, and transportation as a way of recruiting and building career pathways for entry-level employees. In addition, the Career Centers will recruit from among the unemployed and dislocated worker populations on the North Shore.
Through discussions with the employers and North Shore Community College through this grant we designed and implemented an enhanced CNA certificate based program addressing the needs of our employers. A position that is requiring more technical and enhanced skill sets that need to be addressed through the merging of more technical patient related programming.