Going to college is a tremendous opportunity with tons of benefits, but let’s be honest, it might not be the best option for everyone right out of high school...
VCU Pathways provides individuals not ready (or maybe uninterested) in attending college an opportunity for employment and career exploration at a health care organization. The Pathways team will work with you to secure an entry level position, then work with you to pursue higher education.
VCU Pathways to Health Care Workforce (PHCW) provides workforce training to young adult residents between the ages of 17-26 to enter careers in the health care industry. Participants receive:
- In-and Out-of-the-Classroom Experiences Focused on Job Readiness
- Career Exploration
- Team Building
- Shadowing Opportunities
Our goal is for participants to transition into full-time employees as a health care professional, and utilize employee benefits, including tuition assistance to pursue postsecondary education.
(please be advised: acceptance into the program does not guarantee employment)
VCU Pathways to Health Care Workforce seeks to develop high-quality healthcare professionals through workforce development initiatives targeted young adult living in the Richmond area.
Submit an Application HERE
2. Information Session
After applying, you’ll be invited to an Information Session to learn more about the program and meet the Pathways Team.
All graduating seniors, must complete a screening session. The screening session is simply a discussion regarding your career and educational goals in small group setting. Recent graduates may also be required to go through a screening.
You will receive an acceptance letter and welcome packet the mail and/or in person (high school seniors only). You must submit in writing your decision. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to accept. Email Subject Line: Pathways Acceptance
5. Welcome Event (High School Seniors Only)
This is a one-time event lasting approximately an hour. You are encouraged to invite anyone you consider important to your success (i.e. a parent, guardian, sibling, mentor, etc.). During that time, the program director will go over: expectations for the program, a detailed timeline for workshops, and the program’s expected outcomes and goals. You will also have an opportunity to fellowship with other cohort members.
This is a daylong event. During Orientation you will meet hiring managers, learn about current job opportunities around the hospital, tour the hospital, and hear success stories. Break and Lunch will be served. You are expected to Dress Business Casual and arrive early.
All Pathways participants are required to attend all workshops focused on workforce development over the course of a month. Sessions last about 2-3 hours. Some of the sessions will be led by partner agencies with PHCW. Failure to attend all workshops might result in removal from the program. You will be required to dress business casual during the workshops.
First Impressions/Application Submission
Conflict Resolution/Crucial Conversations
Work Readiness/VCU Health Expectations
8. Ongoing Support
Receive continued support throughout the hiring process and during employment. You will be required to meet with a Job Coach during your weekly for your first 3-weeks. After your first 3-weeks, you will meet with once a month until the completion of your first year.