ApprenticeshipNH, the Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH), Catholic Medical Center and Elliot Health System are excited to announce a new and innovative collaboration to transform the region’s healthcare workforce. 

The organizations, along with Manchester Community College and Network4Health, are launching a broad registered apprenticeship program to cultivate talent in nursing, tech, and support roles at The Elliot and CMC.  This “earn while you learn” approach allows individuals to hold a paid position while engaging in classroom learning and on-the-job training.

“I can’t recall a point in my career when it has been this challenging to fill these positions,” says Karen Schoch, Director of Organizational Development at Catholic Medical Center.  “A program like this not only helps us place people in critically important positions, it also removes barriers for people who want to pursue a healthcare career. We look forward to growing this program with other healthcare partners to serve needs across the state.”

“We are pleased to help future and current employees support themselves and their families while they transition into new healthcare roles,” says Becky Marden, Director of Workforce Development and Experience at Elliot Health System. “This collaboration will open up new pathways to start a healthcare career, and also opportunities for advancement and growth.”

To kick off this partnership, the organizations will hold a Healthcare Career Fair on the campus of Manchester Community College on Thursday May 19, from 1 – 6PM.  Anyone interested in entering the healthcare workforce through a paid registered apprenticeship program is encouraged to attend.  Employment applications and screening interviews will be conducted on-site; interested individuals should come prepared for a job interview.  The event will focus on three roles—medical assistant, patient service representative and licensed nursing assistant.  Other roles may also be available for application.  Current healthcare employees looking to train in a new role are also welcome.  Resources will be available to support first time students or those re-entering the classroom.

“This new apprenticeship program builds on the workforce connections that MCC has established with these key healthcare organizations in our community,” says Brian Bicknell, President of Manchester Community College. “We look forward to hosting the May 19th Healthcare Career Fair and welcoming applicants and new students to campus.”  

About Elliot Health System, a member of SolutionHealth: Elliot Health System is a non-profit organization serving the healthcare needs of the community since 1890. The largest provider of comprehensive healthcare services in Southern New Hampshire, Elliot Hospital, a 296-bed acute care facility and the first community hospital in the state, serves as the cornerstone of the health system. Elliot is home to Manchester’s designated Regional Trauma Center, Elliot Breast Health Center, Elliot Urgent Care, a Level 3 Newborn Intensive Care Unit, Elliot Medical Group, Solinsky Center for Cancer Care at The Elliot, Elliot Senior Health Center, Visiting Nurse Association of Manchester and Southern New Hampshire, 1-Day Surgery Center, Elliot Memory & Mobility Center, NH Arthritis Center, Elliot Retail Pharmacy, Elliot Medical Centers in Bedford, Londonderry, Hooksett, and The Elliot at River’s Edge.

About Catholic Medical Center:  Catholic Medical Center (“CMC”), a member of GraniteOne Health, is a nonprofit regional health system, with a commitment to delivering the highest quality and most advanced healthcare to patients across New Hampshire.  CMC is the home of the nationally-renowned New England Heart and Vascular Institute, rated among the top cardiovascular programs in the country. Our doctors were the first in the state to perform a mechanical heart/left ventricular assist device implant and first in New England to implant the WATCHMAN™ for atrial fibrillation. CMC was also one of the first hospitals in New Hampshire to establish a joint venture with independent medical staff members when it became a partner in the freestanding Bedford Ambulatory Surgical Center and imaging center. CMC’s birthing unit, The Mom’s Place, was the first hospital in the country to have a neonatal unit based on “couplet care.” Our nationally accredited Breast Care Center was the first in the state to use contrast enhanced mammography and SAVI SCOUT® localization for breast surgery. With primary care practices that care for the very young to the young at heart and our dedication to community outreach programs, CMC is helping to foster a healthier community, everyday.   

About CCSNH: The Community College System of NH consists of seven colleges, offering associate degree and certificate programs, professional training, transfer pathways to four-year degrees, and dual-credit partnerships with NH high schools. The System’s colleges are Great Bay Community College in Portsmouth and Rochester; Lakes Region Community College in Laconia; Manchester Community College; Nashua Community College; NHTI – Concord’s Community College; River Valley Community College in Claremont, Lebanon and Keene; and White Mountains Community College in Berlin, Littleton and North Conway.  The seven community colleges in the system are committed to working with businesses throughout the state to train and retain employees to develop a robust workforce across all sectors and embraces the “65 by 25 Initiative,” which calls for 65% of NH citizens to have some form of postsecondary education by 2025 to meet future workforce demands.

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