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Health Careers Collaborative of Greater Cincinnati
The Health Careers Collaborative of Greater Cincinnati (HCC) is an employer-driven career pathway initiative founded in 2003. The goal of the HCC is to meet regional healthcare talent supply chain needs through the training and career advancement of unemployed, underemployed and incumbent workers. For more information, contact Hope Arthur, Senior Manager, Health Careers Collaborative of Greater Cincinnati.

Goals
  • Access to healthcare careers for underutilized labor pools, including frontline incumbent workers and unemployed or underemployed individuals
  • Alleviate regional healthcare workforce shortages 
  • Increase the diversity of the healthcare workforce in Greater Cincinnati

Partners

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Health Care
The health care industry is the region’s largest source of private sector employment and generates an economic impact of almost $14 billion per year, according to The Health Collaborative. Health care is also one of the fastest growing industries in our region; employment in hospitals increased by 36 percent in the past five years. Our health care employers offer good jobs with advancement opportunities, yet they struggle to find qualified employees to fill these positions, most of which require some postsecondary education or training. 
Employers
  • Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
  • The Christ Hospital Health Network
  • Life Enriching Communities
  • Mercy Health
  • St. Elizabeth Healthcare
  • TriHealth
  • UC Health

​Strategic Partners
  • Southwest Ohio Regional Workforce Investment Board
  • The Health Collaborative 
Community Organizations
  • Dress for Success Cincinnati
  • Mercy Neighborhood Ministries 
  • OhioMeansJobs  

​Education
  • Cincinnati State Technical & Community College 
  • Great Oaks Career Campuses
  • Gateway Community & Technical College
Priorities
The HCC primarily targets frontline incumbent workers from partner hospitals, as well as unemployed and disadvantaged jobseekers referred from several community based organizations. The collaborative has developed career pathway programs that provide training and wrap-around supports to prepare individuals for careers in Nursing, Allied Health, Rehabilitation, Clinical Lab, and Health Information Technology. 

Key Success Factors
  • Significant employer leadership 
  • Employer tuition pre-payment for incumbent employees 
  • Funding for developmental education, as well as for-credit certificate and degree programs 
  • Convenient class locations and schedules for working students 
  • Flexible work hours to allow employees to attend classes 
  • Funding for capital and operations for training facilities 
  • Supportive services to assist with transportation, child care, and job coaching 
  • Job readiness and soft skill training for entry workers 
  • Innovative curriculum to facilitate student success
  • Transferable credits and articulation between educational institutions 
  • Multiple entry and exits points along pathway 
  • Employer-embedded job coaches to provide comprehensive job retention supports
  • Cohort-based learning to facilitate peer support and persistence
  • Priority access to clinical training for career pathway participants

Achievements
  • Since 2008, served more than 3,700 jobseekers and incumbent workers with occupational training, with 88% completing training and earning more than 3,800 credentials, and 88% obtaining employment and 81% retaining employment after 12 months.
  • More than 400 incumbents workers participating in career pathways training to obtain their Associate's Degree, with an 80%+ retention rate (35% comparison) and average GPA pf 3.25 (2.78 comparison).
  • Completed a Return-on-Investment Analysis that calculated the ROI for one hospital partner, UC Health.  The analysis found a 12% ROI for the incumbent training program due to recruitment cost savings, and a net benefit of $2.6M for the entry-level certificate training program due to lower turnover and reduced recruitment costs.
  • In 2010, secured a $4.9 million Department of Labor grant to significantly scale up the HCC's work.
  • In 2011, HCC partner Cincinnati State secured a $19.6 million TAACCT grant on behalf of a consortium of ten community colleges nationwide to develop health career pathways based on the model of HCC.
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