Program Contact: Dr. Eric DunkerEmail: email@example.com
Centura Health and ACC co‐created the largest registered apprenticeship in health in Colorado in July 2018 and scaled in 2019 to serve up to 30 apprentices per cohort. This innovative program has yielded outstanding success and paved the way for more allied health apprenticeship program growth in Colorado.
Centura Health is collaborating with Arapahoe Community College, one of 13 colleges in the Colorado Community College System (CCCS), and the state workforce system with the goal to create registered apprenticeship pathways for students to enter entry‐level occupations and have the opportunity to continue their education into mid‐skilled or advanced‐skilled roles through work based learning programs without the need to leave full time employment.
Unlike stand‐alone education programs, the competencies for the related instruction in this apprenticeship program match the learning taking place on the job. Apprentices work up to thirty‐two paid hours per week and transition into full‐time MA roles after six months upon passing a national MA certification exam. Preceptors are also trained to mentor their apprentices and assess the on the job learning. Over 85% of all apprentices in the program are still gainfully employed with Centura, which has dramatically improved Centura’s retention rate from their traditional hires.
Local Workforce Centers are partnering with Centura Health and ACC on recruitment and funding. This partnership is a direct result of education, government, and industry working together to build robust competency frameworks and co‐creating accelerated apprenticeship pathways that leverage multiple instructional modalities that will ensure a more sustained talent pipeline for the industry. Due to the success of this apprenticeship, pathways in medical lab technology, sterile processing, patient care tech, and pharmacy tech are currently being built. ACC and Centura were recognized by the Colorado Workforce Development Council for an Excellence in Apprenticeship award in 2018 and will be recognized with 3 apprenticeship excellence awards in November 2019.