What is Career Launch?
Our diversity workforce development program – Career Launch – is designed to put you on the path to a clinical career with advancement opportunities. You’ll secure employment with Akron Children’s in a role that fits with your current experience while we cover the tuition and related costs for you to complete a degree or certificate – all toward the goal of enhancing your skills and advancing your career and earning potential.
We work with local colleges and career centers to provide our employees and community members with educational opportunities in the following fields:
- Associate Degree in Nursing
- Medical Assistant
- Licensed Practical Nurse – Home Care
- EEG Technician
- Registered Respiratory Therapist
- Medical Lab Technician
- Surgical Technologist
- Polysomnography Technician
After graduation, participants complete a work commitment at Akron Children’s in their selected field of study.
Introducing Career Launch Plus
For many students interested in a career in health care, juggling school and work can be challenging. That’s why we created Career Launch Plus – a professional development program with all the perks of Career Launch and the added benefit of more time to study.
Participants in the Plus program hold an on-call (PRN) student position at Akron Children’s, and are offered up to 15 hours of paid professional development each month. After graduation, participants fulfill a work commitment at Children’s. This program is available to learners interested in becoming Medical Assistants or Registered Respiratory Therapists.Learn More
Our community is our future.
Just as our community has always supported us, we are committed to supporting our community, and the Career Launch program aims to do just that. Our goal is to put community members on a path to a stable career with advancement potential by removing common barriers to post-secondary education. We're working with local high schools and community agencies to attract more diverse participants as we build an employee population that reflects the communities we serve.
For those community members who are interested in a career in health care – including those who aren’t aware of the opportunities that exist at Akron Children’s – Career Launch will provide support well beyond traditional tuition assistance to help them achieve their goals.
Our program benefits include: 100% tuition paid; paid fees for uniforms, books, supplies and equipment, as well as the following benefits and support as needed:
- Transportation assistance
- Child care assistance
Career Launch also matches each participant with a mentor who partners with them to achieve success within the program.
The successful candidate for this program will 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
We understand that it's not easy to attend school while working. If you're interested in Career Launch, you should be fully committed to the demands of the program. You'll be expected to maintain satisfactory job performance while displaying a compassionate, positive and courteous demeanor. Career Launch participants have a high degree of professionalism, solid communication skills and the ability to work as part of a team.
Akron Children’s Hospital is an Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Females, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities.