Health Career Academy and Health Career Pathways

The need for qualified healthcare professionals is growing each year and predicted to continue growing over the next twenty years. In an effort to combat employment shortages in healthcare professionals, it is important at the community level to develop partnerships with all the area high schools within the Carl Sandburg College district, area healthcare employers, such as OSF St. Mary’s Medical Center and Galesburg Cottage Hospital, and the College of Nursing & Health Professions. To meet these needs, research is ongoing and new courses are being developed along with a revised health career curriculum to align with pathways to certificates of completion, certifications, and program certificates for entry-level into the healthcare system. And, pathways to enter health programs offering Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degrees such as Nursing, Radiology, and Paramedic.