Improve Economic Well-being
The Anschutz Medical Campus is located in the heart of one of Colorado’s most economically challenged and underserved regions. Original Aurora and the other neighborhoods surrounding the campus have some of the highest rates of health problems and greatest health needs in the state. Given the increasing evidence that poverty is the root cause of health and educational disparities, it is nearly impossible to improve health and education outcomes without addressing these root causes. The Community-Campus Partnership is identifying opportunities for improving the economic well-being of local residents.
The “Hire Local” Program
The Hire Local Program will increase the number of Original Aurora residents employed on the Anschutz Medical Campus and facilitate coordination and enhancement of career pathways (“pipeline”) programs on the campus.
Our vision for the Hire Local Program is to serve as a central point of contact for all local residents, especially underrepresented residents, to access information, services and programs related to jobs on Anschutz Medical Campus.
Our goals are:
- To increase the number Aurora residents employed on the Anschutz Medical Campus.
- To identify careers in health sciences, facilities, office support and other entry-level opportunities that exist on the campus.
- To facilitate coordination and enhancement of career pathways (“pipeline”) programs and activities on the campus.
The Healthcare Bridge Job Pipeline Program is a full-time, 10-week training program through the Community College of Aurora (CCA), in partnership with the CCP, where students learn the skills needed to be better qualified for specific health-related jobs while receiving college credit – at no cost to them. Funded by Arapahoe/Douglas and Adams County Workforce Centers, the curriculum is comprised of core classes that include: Adult Education, Medical Terminology, Computers in Healthcare, Customer Service in Healthcare, and Careers and Job Search Navigation. Students have the option of specializing in either Sterile Processing or Patient Services, and receive specific training from instructors from Children’s Hospital Colorado and University of Colorado Hospital in order to enhance pipeline opportunities for the graduates to those employers. Students are offered tours of the hospitals and meet with potential employers to learn about employer expectations and the workplace environment. Additionally, students are offered GED training and are assigned to a Workforce Specialist who assists in their post-graduation transition for an entire year, including job searching, job readiness, crafting résumés based on what employers are expecting, and learning effective interviewing skills.
Students are recruited by the CCP staff, Resident Leader Council and community partners to give priority to students from the local communities surrounding the Anschutz Medical Campus. The first cohort took place from April to June 2015, and all fourteen students graduated successfully. The program is funded by the Colorado Department of Education’s Adult Basic Education and Literacy Program, and will enable four cohorts of up to 20 students per cohort per year for two-and-a-half years to go through the training.
Click the following link to read more: CCA Workforce Development Program
On June 18th, the CCP convened the first “Campus Employer’s Summit”, with leaders from the four major institutions on the Anschutz Medical Campus, including directors of the HR departments to discuss improving employment opportunities for local Aurora residents. The half-day Summit resulted in two key, successful outcomes: the employment leaders agreed to work together on a coordinated “hire local” effort across the Campus and agreed to have ongoing, quarterly meetings to continue developing and growing the CCP’s Hire Local Program. A presentation by Resident Leader Council (RLC) members Brenda Mendoza, Khoa Nguyen, Lah Say Wah, and Maria Soldaña was given during the Summit, where each member spoke of their individual journeys to Aurora from various countries around the world and the barriers they faced in navigating and obtaining job opportunities.