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Wednesday, October 23 • 11:30am - 12:00pm
Community-Based Workforce Development Planning and Pipeline Programs: A Win-Win for Employers, Schools and the Community

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VCU Health has a long history of fully integrating workforce/pipeline programs into its anchor institution mission. A range of programs prepares community members for health care careers. The first program implemented in 2005, “From Jumpropes to Stethoscopes” supports middle schoolers with health education, summer camps, shadowing experiences and mentoring. Launched in 2009, “Project Search” is a collaboration with Richmond Public Schools, the state Department of Rehabilitation Services and VCU to allow high school seniors with disabilities to spend their senior year at the hospital; students participate in internships to prepare them for work and life.

Based on needs identified by employers, public schools and the community two programs were added last year. “Quick Start to Construction” addresses the need for skilled construction employees for planned projects. Partnering with local law enforcement and a community agency, non-violent offenders participate in a five-week job-readiness program, and receive on the job training. “RVA Pathways to Health Careers” brings a diverse range of community partners together to prepare at risk youth for employment in the health system. Career pathway development continues after employment. Both programs provide skills/education assessments and classes on resume writing, interviewing, team work, appropriate attire, computer and customer service skills, personal budgeting and job search techniques.

Each program has resulted in employment, and robust health and education benefits for employees. The intentional alignment of health system and community workforce goals has resulted in creating viable and meaningful career pathways for our community.


Porsha Bennett

Manager of Patient Transportation, VCU Health System

Harrison Hayes

Director, Pathways to Health Care Workforce, Virginia Commonwealth University

Wednesday October 23, 2019 11:30am - 12:00pm EDT