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What is Career Launch?

At Akron Children's, we recognize that there are far too many barriers keeping talented people out of the medical field. That's why we created the Career Launch program. By removing the financial worry of a return to school, employees and community members can build skills that will put them on the path to a stable career with advancement opportunities.

Career Launch offers educational opportunities in the following fields:

  • ASCEND- Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN)
  • State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA)
  • Medical Assistant (MA)
  • Licensed Practical Nursing – Home Care Division (LPN)
  • Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)
  • Registered Respiratory Therapist
  • EEG Technician
  • Polysomnography Technician
  • OR Technician
  • Cardiac Sonographer
  • Emergency Medical Technician – Basic
  • Radiography
  • Medical Laboratory Technician
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Sterile Processing Technician
  • Phlebotomist
  • Cybersecurity
  • Mental Health Trainee

Learn more about Career Launch

With Career Launch,
you get more.

At Akron Children’s, we’re committed to serving the communities around us to build a team of professionals through our Career Launch program. We work with several schools that offer various degrees and certificates, allowing for students to pursue their passions in a multitude of areas. And, with new program tracks continually being added, as well as comprehensive financial/well-being benefits, Career Launch is designed for participants to thrive - now and in the future.

Program benefits:

  • We prepay all costs for tuition, uniforms, books, supplies and equipment
  • We offer transportation and child care assistance (when needed)
  • Participants are offered opportunities for mentorship and professional development
  • You’ll receive post-graduation job placement at Akron Children’s

Preparing to Launch - Enrollment Process

If you're ready to launch your career with us and grow professionally, we're ready to talk to you. Applying for a Career Launch program involves more than just filling out an application. To make sure candidates have considered the time investment required and the possible directions it will take their career, we've designed the following two Career Launch programs:

Three-year work requirement with Akron Children's

  • Intake Call

    After applying, you'll be asked to chat with our team. Prepare for this call like it's a job interview. We'll use this time to learn more about your career goals and determine the program option that best fits your lifestyle.

  • Job Shadowing

    Following a professional in the program track that you choose, you'll get a behind-the-scenes look at their day, meet with a manager and share what you've learned.

  • Accept a Student Position

    Attend professional development sessions earning $15 an hour up to 15 hours per month.

  • Start school

    You'll attend school full time. We prepay all costs for tuition, uniforms, books, supplies and equipment. We offer transportation and child care assistance (when needed).

  • Partner with cohort

    You'll be introduced to other students in the same discipline. Students support each other by forming study groups to share notes and advice. After graduation, you'll work in your new department with your cohort.

Two-year work requirement with Akron Children's

  • Intake Call

    After applying, you'll be asked to chat with our team. Prepare for this call like it's a job interview. We'll use this time to learn more about your career goals and determine the program option that best fits your lifestyle.

  • Get Hired

    If you advance after your intake, we'll help you secure employment in a position you're qualified for at Akron Children's.

  • Job Shadowing

    Following a professional in the program track that you choose, you'll get a behind-the-scenes look at their day, meet with a manager and share what you've learned.

  • Start school

    You'll attend school at least part time. We prepay all costs for tuition, uniforms, books, supplies and equipment. We offer transportation and child care assistance (when needed).

  • Meeting your mentor

    You'll be paired with a mentor to work with until graduation. They're here to answer questions, give advice and help you succeed during the program and beyond.

Ready to get started

Are you interested in launching your career with Akron Children’s?

Apply Now

To learn more, email us at careerlaunch@akronchildrens.org

Career Launch in the news

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  • Career Launch celebrates its first graduate

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  • Meet Victoria, Mental Health pathway participant

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  • Career Launch graduates its first associate nursing degree candidate

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Our Promises

  • To treat every child as we would our own

  • To treat others as they would like to be treated

  • To turn no child away for any reason

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