Lutheran Launches Apprenticeship Program to Build Nursing Workforce

Lutheran Medical Center and SCL Health have collaborated with the U.S. Department of Labor to register apprenticeship programs to recruit and train workers to fill some of the most-needed jobs in healthcare today. Lutheran is the first hospital in Colorado to offer an apprenticeship program through workforce innovation and an academic partnership with Red Rocks Community College that allows for flexible training.

Lutheran has been working with the Greater Metro Denver Healthcare Partnership, Colorado Workforce Alliance as well as Jefferson, Arapahoe/Douglas and Denver County Workforce Centers to provide opportunities for workers seeking meaningful careers in healthcare. The program is part of the America’s Promise Job-Driven Initiatives to connect more Americans to education and in-demand middle skilled jobs that leads to a more skilled workforce and provides economic upward mobility for the worker.

The program is designed to attract those with an interest in either advancing their careers or starting on a new career path within the healthcare industry. The apprenticeship program at Lutheran will focus on Certified Nursing Assistant training with plans to expand the apprenticeship model to a variety of healthcare occupations throughout the SCL Health system.

The program provides opportunities for workers to enter a skilled and purposeful career while giving employers the flexibility in growing their talent pipelines. The CNA apprenticeship is a competency based, one-year program with three levels to complete – with an increase in wages as each level is master. Student sponsorships, discounts and tuition reimbursement may be available to qualified applicants.

Apprenticeships and other talent innovation projects are SCL Health initiatives under Human Resources-Talent Development to integrated apprenticeship programs for skilled workers and is an “earn and learn” model, where trainees earn a salary and receive on-the-job training for practical application.

The CNA apprentice program starts on June 1 and will focus on the recruiting and training of CNAs, which currently are in high demand. The skilled CNA is an entry-level position with multiple options for a career pathway in healthcare such as Health Administration, Health Information Management and Nursing.

To learn more about the program and its requirements and qualifications, please contact Archer at or 303-813-5139. 

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