Employment and Jobs

Upskilling in the News: UCHealth Launches Education Program to Make Career Advancement in Health Care More Accessible

February 3, 2022  • UpSkill America

UpSkill America is an employer-led movement to expand opportunity for America’s workers and allow our economy and communities to thrive. As part of our mission to advance the upskilling movement, we are pleased to share the following news.

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Today, UCHealth announced the launch of a new education and upskilling program offered in partnership with Guild Education. The UCHealth Ascend Career Program will fully fund a selection of clinical certifications, foundational learning programs such as English language and college prep, and select degree programs in social work, behavioral health, and other areas. And it will provide education coaches to help employees choose the programs and courses best for them, which they will have access to starting on day one of employment. By reducing the financial barriers to education, the Ascend Program will create career development opportunities for those interested in entering the health care field. A high school diploma or GED will no longer be required for applicants of certain roles because UCHealth will be able to fund this education once employees are hired. UCHealth plans to invest up to $50 million in the program over the next several years. Read more.

Even as the pandemic continues to impact our economy and society, we are pleased to see companies like UCHealth remain committed to advancing the upskilling movement. We hope other organizations find innovative ways to promote upskilling during this challenging time.


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Employees in @uchealth’s new Ascend Career Program (offered in partnership with @GuildEducation) will get free access to clinical certifications, degree programs, English language, and college prep—starting on day one of employment.

#Upskilling in the News: @uchealth Launches Education Program to Make Career Advancement in Health Care More Accessible.

“We know the cost of higher education and certification programs can be a barrier to career growth, and the Ascend Program will help extend those opportunities for all.” -Elizabeth B. Concordia @uchealth

“The program supports social mobility, enabling diverse candidates to access sustainable jobs and support their families. Our goal is to make health care careers available to those who would not otherwise have considered them.” -David Mafe @uchealth

“All of us at @GuildEducation are honored to partner with @uchealth to launch this program and provided health care workers the pathways, skills and resources they need to care for our shared community.” @RachelRCarlson


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