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Career Coaching Program

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Community Challenge/Problem

Students in Nursing Programs and Allied Health Programs face many barriers that can jeopardize their ability to complete their education and training. In turn, this poses a challenge for healthcare companies that need a solid pipeline of skilled professionals to fill various jobs. In Central Washington, a program was needed to provide support to employed students in healthcare educational programs to increase retention and overall success.

Board Solution/Innovation

To address this need for support among staff members who are enrolled or considering in educational coursework in the healthcare field, several Pierce County healthcare industry employers have partnered with WorkForce Central to offer the Career Coaching Program. This program provides a variety of career development services to help increase the number of and retention of skilled healthcare workers and to support them during their training. In addition to in-depth vocational guidance and career assessments, the Career Coach also serves as a resource for information on available educational programs and financial aid resources. The program engages employees through outreach efforts both at their place of employment and at the Pierce County community and technical colleges.

Outcomes & Results

To date, 294 healthcare students have completed their education with support from the program.

“WorkForce Central Career Coaching has been essential for the success of many nursing and allied health students," said Pat Brown, Dean at Tacoma Community College. “The financial assistance itself is tremendously impactful, and equally significant is the self confidence it gives a student to know that there are people and resources dedicated to that student’s success."

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