Healthcare Job Training

The Problem:

  • Less than 10% of the people in the most distressed neighborhoods in Greater Richmond have traditional full time employment (35 hours per work week). 
  • Over the next ten years, more than 13,000 healthcare jobs will be available in the Richmond area. Most of the jobs in demand such as Certified Medical Assistants and Surgical Techs require entry level training lasting 2 years or less, which is offered at for-profit colleges that charge tuition rates unaffordable for people in Richmond's low-income communities. 
  • Our region’s government-funded workforce centers provide funding for healthcare training, but most trained individuals are not employed in hospitals, where they would have more advancement opportunities.
  • More than one third (471+) of the available jobs will go unfilled every year because of the lack of skills and training of Richmond’s current workforce.

Our Work: Hospital jobs averaging $14,000 more in annual salary than minimum wage—with 293 reported job openings for career pipeline

Join the HCA Virginia Job Pipeline: Walk in or schedule an appointment with an employment specialist at one of the region’s workforce centers

Richmond’s Center for Workforce Innovation—900 E. Marshall Street, (804) 646-7298

  • Ask for “positions with HCA”
  • Services include work readiness assessment, soft skills training, mock interviews, job-related clothing, case management, support for transportation and childcare, and healthcare job training.

Resource Workforce Centers

Richmond—203 E. Cary Street, 804-652-3280

Henrico—1001 N. Laburnum Ave, 804-952-6116

Chesterfield—304 Turner Rd, 804-652-3490

  • Ask for “HCA Connect”
  • Services include soft skills training, case management, support for transportation and childcare, paid on-the-job training, and healthcare job training.
  • While working with an employment specialist, apply for jobs at HCA Virginia through their online job posting system.
  • The employment specialist will alert recruiters at HCA Virginia that you have applied, and your application will be pulled and prioritized for review, interview, and hiring.
  • Once employed at HCA Virginia, you will be paired with a staff mentor in addition to receiving follow-up services from the workforce center. Benefits and tuition reimbursement for further training become available after a probation period (time period depends on position).

Join the VCU Health Job Pipeline:

  • Enroll in free GED Preparation & Healthcare Introduction classes at J Sargeant Reynolds Community College/Middle College—classes start June 5, 2017.
  • Students who participate in the healthcare introduction class will have the opportunity to continue into the Fall 2017 GED Completion/Certified Nurse Aid classes. This is the first step into the pipeline for healthcare careers at VCU Health.
  • Classes include GED preparation and testing, industry and career exposure, digital literacy training, financial literacy training, bus tickets and free parking for classes, and all class materials and testing fees.
  • To apply: Call (804) 523 – 5345, go online to, or stop by Middle College—700 E. Jackson Street, Rm 626




*Statistics provided by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics and Jobs EQ ©2013, Chmura Economics and Analytics; Virginia Workforce Connection and the Richmond Regional  Planning District Commission.



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