Changing demographics and shortages of skilled workers are forcing many health care companies to find new sources for employees and innovative approaches to recruit and keep them. WorkSource Partners, a workforce development firm that designs and implements career development and education programs for entry-level workers, has helped long-term care employers and their community college partners develop comprehensive CNA-to-LPN career-ladder programs to fill nursing vacancies. By bringing pre-college and college education to the workplace—in conjunction with career counseling and case management support—WorkSource has helped employers design, implement, and expand a “grow your own” career advancement model: the Regional Advancement Center.
This article originally appeared in the spring 2006 issue of Insights, published tri-annually by the Northeast Human Resources Association. Since 1985, NEHRA has provided members with programs, information, and opportunities to make connections that stimulate professional growth and enhance workplace contributions.