Health Careers Collaborative


Health Careers Collaborative of Greater Cincinnati

The Health Careers Collaborative of Greater Cincinnati (HCC) is an employer-driven, multi-stakeholder career pathway initiative founded in 2003 to build the region’s in-demand healthcare workforce. Partnering with employers, educators, training providers and community-based organizations, the HCC focuses on meeting employer talent needs through training and career advancement of diverse unemployed, underemployed and incumbent workers.  For more information, contact Hope Arthur, Director, Health Careers Collaborative of Greater Cincinnati.

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


  • 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.

Healthcare Inset:
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. 


The Virtual Career Network can help you prepare and qualify for a well-paying job and a rewarding career in the following Healthcare fields:


Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

The Christ Hospital Health Network

Life Enriching Communities

Mercy Health

St. Elizabeth Healthcare


UC Health

Strategic Partners

Southwest Ohio Regional Workforce Investment Board

The Health Collaborative 

Community Organizations

Dress for Success Cincinnati

Mercy Neighborhood Ministries 



Cincinnati State Technical & Community College

Great Oaks Career Campuses

Gateway Community & Technical College