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COA Receives Certification for Implementation of Healthcare Pathway

ELIZABETH CITY — College of The Albemarle (COA) has received the state’s first certified Healthcare Career Pathway to assist the area’s workforce. Creating a clear direction for those who are trying to “find their path” in the many career opportunities in healthcare will provide focus for those who want to start their education — some even in high school.

Creating clear and focused Career Pathways provides opportunities for job seekers, giving them the skills needed to succeed in a career by guiding them through multiple training sessions — this includes courses for high school students, community college students, or those returning to the workforce or updating skills. This type of coordination with the community college, the seven school districts, local community leaders, workforce centers and employers assists in matching worker preparation to employers’ needs.

Working together with partners in the area to achieve this goal, Robin Harris, Dean of the Health Science and Wellness Division said, “The collaboration among education and workforce partners in our region has been instrumental in enabling us to implement this comprehensive plan.”

The partners involved include: COA (Health Science and Wellness Division); The Northeastern Workforce Development Board; Camden County Schools; Currituck County Schools; Dare County Schools; Edenton-Chowan Schools; Elizabeth City-Pasquotank County Schools; Gates County Schools; Perquimans County Schools; Sentara Healthcare; Vidant Chowan Hospital; and Eastern AHEC.

Certification of a “pathway” shows that it meets the state’s rigorous requirements and demonstrates the importance of employer-led, integrated strategies that will connect job seekers to employers. The certification is a credential that signals to employers that the locality has collaborative tools to train a workforce to meet their needs.

NCWorks Pathways are designed to serve not only secondary school and community college enrollees but dislocated adults as well, steering them toward a career. Pathways are required to be flexible, allowing for short term or long term commitments and are backed by all aspects of the community to bolster successful outcomes.

For information on finding your Healthcare Pathway, please contact Christopher Robertson, COA Instructor, Simulation; Director, Health Sciences and Wellness Programs Admissions/Advisement at 252-335-0821 ext. 2304 or at