As the largest employer in Charlotte, Atrium Health values career development and invests in professional development resources to give its employees opportunities to succeed. Atrium Health has committed to generating pathways to healthcare careers through CNA training, Nursing, Allied Health career pathways, and plans to launch healthcare apprenticeships in the future.
“Atrium Health’s workforce development programs are designed to help individuals achieve their career goals while also providing them with one-on-one career coaching and wraparound services in order to achieve a family-sustaining wage job within Atrium Health,” Cynthia Bailey, Senior HR Consultant with Atrium Health, said.
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Atrium Health saw fluctuations in resources and staff allocation, affecting many of its workforce development programs. In particular, the pandemic affected the Outside In, Inside Up program, which supports individuals with the end goal of career and economic mobility.
The City of Charlotte awarded Atrium Health a Workforce Partner Support Grant through the Open For Business campaign funded by the CARES Act.
As a result of the Workforce Partner Support Grant, Atrium Health increased the number of workforce development program participants enrolled and expanded its support services. The organization also used the grant to increase financial support for participants, including tuition, books, fees, and supplies.
Additionally, the funding provided WIFI and laptops for participants who must attend college virtually because of the pandemic. The grant was particularly helpful for one program employee from a rural area who now has reliable internet and no longer has to park outside Atrium Health locations or places with free WIFI to complete assignments.
“The Internet equipment has helped me in so many ways. It has relieved my stress and helped my entire family with remote learning,” the employee said. “Thank you guys so much for blessing me with internet access and chance to succeed further in the medical field.”
Atrium Health went above and beyond to help the Charlotte community during the global pandemic.
In a time filled with so much uncertainty in the healthcare industry, Atrium Health responded with resilience. Overall, the organization donated two million face masks, set up an Atrium Health Mobile Coronavirus Testing unit, and hosted 22 Mayors Youth Employment Program student interns.
As the organization looks to the future, Atrium Health plans to continue finding ways to expand career development to all its locations and surrounding communities.
Atrium Health received a Workforce Partner Support Grant from Charlotte Open For Business. Through the grant program, the City of Charlotte awarded $3.5 million to workforce partners to provide programs for our community.