Career Launch

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What is Career Launch?

At Akron Children's Hospital, 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.

Read on to learn more about this unique and innovative program.

Career Launch offers educational opportunities in the following fields:

  • 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

With Career Launch, you get more.

At Akron Children’s Hospital, we’re committed to serving the greater 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)
  • We pair each participant with a mentor selected for their expertise
  • You’ll receive post graduation job placement at Akron Children’s Hospital

Hear it firsthand

Watch the video below for an overview of our two pathways to graduation, Career Launch and Career Launch Plus.

We look for candidates who strongly possess traits that align with our three 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

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 Career Launch involves more than just filling out an application. To make sure candidates have considered the investment in time that the program will demand and the possible directions it will take their career, we’ve designed the following steps:

Apply and we’ll send you a packet of information to review. This includes a brochure, FAQs and a link to schedule a call with our team. We ask that you prepare for this call like it’s a job interview. On the call, we’ll discuss your readiness to return to school, the program option that’s a best fit for your lifestyle, and the research you’ve done on the career path you’ve selected.
If you’re selected to advance after your intake call, our recruitment team will help you to secure either a student position to participate in Career Launch Plus, or the ideal role that will allow you to learn while you earn in our traditional program.
Before you start school, we’ll give you the opportunity to shadow a professional in the program track you choose. This means following an employee through their day and meeting with a manager to share what you’ve learned. If approved, you’ll be on your way to joining the program. You could also select a different track to shadow.
If you’ve been out of school for more than five years, you’ll be offered a college-readiness program designed for adult learners. This will help to relearn the math skills you may need and get you back into the habit of studying.
Participants in Career Launch will be paired with a mentor who will work with them until graduation. Your mentor will be able to answer your questions, give advice and ultimately help you succeed during your time in the program and beyond.


Ready to get started?

Are you interested in launching your career with Akron Children’s Hospital? To learn more, email: or call Human Resources at (330) 543-5504.