Three higher education institutions and two health systems in southwest Indiana have announced a partnership to train the next generation of healthcare workers, while also allowing the students to earn money. Earn & Learn is a collaborative model between Ivy Tech Community College Evansville, University of Southern Indiana and the University of Evansville to prepare students for careers in healthcare.
The program teaches career readiness and provides industry experience and the opportunity to earn income while learning about health and life sciences.
“We’re facing a shortage of healthcare workers not just within our region but throughout the nation,” said Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz, president of the University of Evansville. “Our university is committed to combating this crisis by growing and shaping individuals to enter this rewarding profession.”
Deaconess Health System and Ascension St. Vincent Evansville have agreed to work with the schools on the Earn & Learn initiative. They plan to streamline the hiring and onboarding process for Earn & Learn participants.
“Earn & Learn will prevent students from being in the difficult position of choosing between earning needed income and getting an education,” said Shawn McCoy, chief executive officer of Deaconess. “Our partnership in the Earn & Learn initiative is truly an investment in the health of our entire region, as the program participants are future employees who will care for our patients, families and community.”