Unitek Learning Strives to Combat Nursing Workforce Shortages

Unitek employee shines light on nurse recruitment in rural Nevada.

Newport Beach, California – Unitek Learning is thrilled to announce that Dr. Victoria Rondez Squier, the Practical Nursing Program Director in Reno, Nevada, has been highlighted as a pioneering leader in the Nevada Nursing Association (NNA) Newsletter. Access to healthcare is one of the biggest challenges that rural communities face. With a deficit of more than 5,000 nurses in the state, Nevada rural communities are greatly impacted by the nation-wide nursing shortage. One of Dr. Squier’s primary goals is to break down barriers that are faced by educators and practitioners in these areas.

“We are so proud of Dr. Squier’s work in rural nurse recruitment,” said Janis Paulson, Chief Executive Officer at Unitek Learning. “Through government-funded grants and incentives for career development, this call-to-action could help combat workforce shortage crises and better support communities across Nevada. We believe equity, inclusion, and innovation are vital when it comes to supporting the future of healthcare.”

The Nevada nursing community now has an additional partner to help retain more nurses. Joseph Filippi, Jr., the Workforce Program Manager with the Nevada Rural Hospital Partners, manages the Nurse Apprentice Program (NAP) Grant, which is funded by the U.S. Department of the Treasury American Rescue Plan ACT (ARPA). According to the NNA newsletter, a grant of $20,000,000 has been allotted to the NAP to attract nursing students in Nevada. These targeted regions include rural critical access hospitals and skilled nursing facilities.

“Additional training around research and advocacy may be necessary to obtain new hires,” said Dr. Squier, Practical Nursing Program Director at Unitek College. “The NAP is a partnership opportunity that begins to address the unique needs of our nurses in remote communities. When I think about these nursing prospects, I am so excited for the future of healthcare and nurses in rural areas. It is truly an honor to represent Unitek and advocate our shared purpose, vision, and core values.”

Dr. Victoria Rondez Squier, DNP, MSN, RN, CNL, NE-BC, EBP-C, is a results-driven leader with more than 16 years of experience in acute care. Some of her areas of expertise include orthopedics, oncology, telemetry, pediatrics, telehealth, and leadership. Throughout her career, Dr. Squier has served as a nurse leader who is passionate about preparing future generations of nurses. In addition, she is the president elect of the Nevada Nurses Association (NNA) in District 1. Dr. Squier is now the Practical Nursing Program Director for Unitek College in Reno, Nevada.

Unitek Learning is the parent company of several distinguished learning institutions: Unitek College, Unitek EMT, Eagle Gate College, Provo College, and Brookline College. Unitek programs teach the clinical practices and theory used in the field today. Equipped with a multitude of sought-after skills, Unitek graduates are prepared to excel in many of the fastest-growing careers in healthcare and nursing.

Unitek College Wins First Place Community Service Award

Unitek to receive prestigious award from the California Association of Private Postsecondary Schools

Newport Beach, California – Unitek College is thrilled to announce they have been selected as the CAPPS 2023 First Place Community Service Award Winner in the large school category. The primary mission of the California Association of Private Postsecondary Schools (CAPPS) is to serve the California private postsecondary sector by advocating for the interests of their members and students. CAPPS also promotes the image of their schools, communicate state and national issues, and offer professional development opportunities.

“We are so thrilled to receive this award from CAPPS,” said Janis Paulson, Chief Executive Officer at Unitek College. “CAPPS is one of the nation’s largest associations representing private, postsecondary colleges. They work to ensure that students have options when selecting their educational institution. To be chosen by this organization is an honor and a privilege.”

The CAPPS Excellence in Community Service Awards were inaugurated in 2016 to recognize CAPPS-member schools that have demonstrated exceptional commitment to their local community. They offer these awards to recognize and encourage initiatives in community service, service learning, and civic engagement that have a significant impact on the communities served by their schools.

Unitek College will be honored during the upcoming CAPPS Legislative Policy Conference scheduled for April 18-19, 2023. They will receive a plaque and crystal award to recognize their efforts. During the conference, Unitek will also present a short video detailing how their campuses contributed to their communities throughout 2022. Some of these efforts include blood drives, food drives, school supplies drives, and more.

“At Unitek, we care greatly about our communities,” said Dr. Navneet Bhasin, Chief Operations Officer at Unitek College. “As an institution that provides various student-run initiatives, we are committed to helping others while educating the next generation. We believe academia and inclusivity are vital when it comes to supporting the future of healthcare. This is a core belief that CAPPS shares with all of us at Unitek.”

Unitek College is one of California’s reputable healthcare and nursing colleges. Every Unitek program teaches the clinical technique and theory used in the field today. Equipped with a multitude of sought-after skills, Unitek graduates are prepared to excel in many of the fastest-growing careers in healthcare and nursing.

Contact:
David Higley, Chief Marketing Officer
Direct: (949) 590-4888

Unitek Learning Bridges Gap Between Healthcare and Education

Partnership with Futuro Health Builds a Better Care Economy for California

Newport Beach, California – Before COVID-19, California had a projected need of approximately 500,000 allied healthcare workers by 2024. The pandemic has only created a greater need throughout the state. To help address this critical demand, Unitek Learning partnered with Futuro Health starting in 2021. As of today, more than 507 Futuro Health students have enrolled or started the Medical Assisting program at Unitek. Through this partnership, both organizations seek to produce qualified healthcare workers.

“The state of the world has demonstrated an increased demand for a strong workforce,” said Karilyn Van Oosten, VP of Strategic Business Development at Unitek Learning. “Our partnership with Futuro Health has allowed Unitek Learning to become part of the solution. We want to help create the career-ready workforce that California’s healthcare providers need.”

By joining this partnership, Unitek Learning has provided Medical Assistant training to individuals sponsored by Futuro Health – whose student demographics consist of 80% diversity, 51% bilingual and an average age of 30. “Futuro Health continues to gather public and private higher education institutions to respond to the call of healthcare sector for skilled workers,” explained Van Ton-Quinlivan, CEO of Futuro Health. “Together, our ecosystem of partners commit to growing a diverse, reliable, and trained workforce that meets the needs of healthcare employers across California and the nation.”

Employers are invited to seek out Futuro Health graduates by contacting Unitek at partnership@unitek.com or Futuro Health at partnership@futurohealth.org. In addition to Unitek’s training, every student also completes Futuro Health’s signature Human Touch Healthcare(tm) coursework that emphasizes six interpersonal skills essential to roles in care.

“We’re honored to strengthen our partnership with Futuro Health,” said Janis Paulson, Chief Executive Officer at Unitek Learning. “Like Futuro Health, we think that investing in education and skills training will result in better-paying jobs for workers, better care for patients, and better workers for employers to hire. At Unitek Learning, we believe that an exceptional healthcare education will lead to healthier communities.”

About Unitek Learning: Unitek Learning is the parent company of several distinguished learning institutions: Unitek College, Unitek EMT, Eagle Gate College, Provo College, and Brookline College. Unitek programs teach the clinical practices and theory used in the field today. Equipped with a multitude of sought-after skills, Unitek graduates are prepared to excel in
many of the fastest-growing careers in healthcare and nursing.

About Futuro Health: Futuro Health is a non-profit organization focused on improving the health and wealth of communities by growing the largest network of allied healthcare workers in the nation. Futuro Health makes education journeys into allied health careers possible by growing the talent that employers need and creating a path to the opportunity that workers want.

Unitek College to Receive School of Distinction Award in Nevada 

The Reno Campus will be presented with a 2021 – 2022 ACCSC School of Distinction Award. 

 Reno, Nevada – Unitek College is thrilled to announce that on September 21, 2022, they will be presented with a 2021 – 2022 ACCSC School of Distinction Award for their Reno campus. Marilyn Lim-Carreon, the Campus Director, will accept the award on behalf of the entire Reno campus. This prestigious ceremony will be held at the ACCSC’s Professional Development Conference in Reston, Virginia. 

 The ACCSC School of Distinction Award commends institutions that have overcome the rigors of accreditation and produced educational programs of the highest quality. As a School of Distinction, Unitek College will be formally recognized throughout the 2022 ACCSC Professional Development Conference. The theme of the conference, “A Community of Partners in Education,” highlights a shared goal between ACCSC and Unitek: building partnerships within higher education to promote student excellence. 

 “We are thrilled to celebrate our accomplishments at the Reno Campus,” said Dr. Navneet Bhasin, Chief Operations Officer at Unitek College. “It has been a year of growth and opportunity at Unitek, and we look forward to celebrating our success throughout the 2022 ACCSC Professional Development Conference.” 

The Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) designed this conference to provide various opportunities for accredited institutions. At the event, participants will have the chance to promote student excellence, strengthen support for workforce development, and help fill the skills gap in the United States. Join Unitek College and other school representatives for a celebration of educational achievements at the Professional Development Conference. “We have created a welcoming culture of inclusiveness where everything we do in Reno is centered around our students,” said Marilyn Lim-Carreon, Campus Director of Unitek College Reno. “We are committed to excellence because it is what our students, our staff, and our community deserves!” 

Unitek College is one of California and Nevada’s reputable healthcare colleges. Every Unitek program teaches the clinical technique and theory used in the field today. Equipped with a multitude of sought-after skills, Unitek graduates are prepared to excel in many of the fastest-growing careers in healthcare and nursing. 

Contact: 

David Higley, Chief Marketing Officer 

4670 Auto Mall Parkway Fremont, CA 94538 

Direct: (949) 590-4888 

Unitek Joins Forces with Kaweah Health to Expand Workforce Education

Unitek Learning Seeks to Reduce Nursing Shortage in California

Newport Beach, California – Unitek Learning and Kaweah Health are thrilled to announce a new partnership to help reduce the nursing shortage inCalifornia. Together, they seek to implement a customized workforce solution that will produce skilled and educated graduates who are ready to enter the medical field and help integrated health systems such as a Kaweah Health care for their patients.

Kaweah Health, which for 60 years has served patients in California’s agriculture-rich Central Valley, has worked diligently over the years through local and regional partnerships to solve its nursing shortage, but the pandemic highlighted the need to do more.

Founded in 2002, Unitek College is a division of Unitek Learning and an accredited, private institution that combines unique academic and technical specialties to provide a superior education in the areas of healthcare and nursing. Unitek College offers seven convenient facilities in California with campuses in Fremont, San Jose, Hayward, Concord, South San Francisco, Sacramento, and Bakersfield.

“The pandemic has been absolutely crippling to our workforce, the majority of which are bedside nurses. It’s shown us that we have to do more, we have to think outside the box to grow the next generation of nurses,” said Lynn Havard Mirviss, RN, Ed.D, and Vice President of Kaweah Health’s Board of Directors. “There are many out there who like Florence Nightingale are ready to step up and serve. This partnership with Unitek is one way to help these men and women become nurses and raise the standards of care for patients.”

Through this partnership, employees of Kaweah Health can start their career in nursing through Unitek’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) as soon as 2023. At full complement, the Kaweah Health school of nursing powered by Unitek will graduate up to 50 Kaweah Health RNs a year. The college also offers an LVN to BSN option for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. It serves as an advanced placement track for qualifying students.

“This new partnership will be an excellent opportunity for Kaweah Health employees to continue their education and to help address the nursing shortage at both Kaweah Health and across the state,” said Dianne Cox, Chief Human Resources Officer at Kaweah Health. She added, “In the future, we plan to open this school to members of the community, who will be able to join Kaweah Health as an employee while pursuing their nursing degree.”

“It has been a pleasure to work with the Kaweah Health Team and develop this partnership,” said Karilyn Van Oosten, Vice President of Strategic Business Development at Unitek Learning. “Their commitment to the community and the workforce has been evident in every step they took to ensure that students can flourish in their facilities.”

By joining this partnership, Unitek Learning has committed to providing employees of Kaweah Health with a specialized tuition rate and an opportunity to advance their healthcare career. Kaweah Health is committing financial resources to help offset the nursing students’ tuition. Through this partnership, Unitek Learning has identified themselves as one of the nation’s most dedicated academic institutions.

“At Unitek, we are committed to education and workforce alignment so that the next generation can thrive,” said Janis Paulson, Chief Executive Officer at Unitek Learning. “We’re honored to join forces with Kaweah Health and help transform the healthcare workforce. As a learning institution, we want to create career-ready professionals that are needed in the medical industry. This partnership is a step forward for Unitek as we continue to educate future healthcare professionals.”

Unitek Learning is the parent company of several distinguished learning institutions: Unitek College, Unitek EMT, Eagle Gate College, Provo College, and Brookline College. Unitek programs teach the clinical practices and theory used in the field today. Equipped with a multitude of sought-after skills, Unitek graduates are prepared to excel in many of the fastest-growing careers in healthcare and nursing.

To find out how to take advantage of all this partnership affords, call 888.382.8183 or contact us today.

Contact:

Karilyn Van Oosten,VP of Strategic Business Development

Direct: (949) 408-3167

KVanOosten@unitek.com

 

Unitek Partners with Sierra View Medical Center in California

Newport Beach, California – June8, 2022 – Unitek Learning, the parent company for five distinguished learning institutions in the areas of healthcare, nursing, and emergency medical services, has partnered withSierra View Medical Center in Porterville, California. In1958, Sierra View Medical Center opened its doors and began to serve the community.They have since expanded their campus into a 167 bed, full-service acute care facility. Their facility uses state-of-the-art medical equipment with cutting-edge technology. Among other initiatives this year, Sierra View Medical Center seeks to help address the nursing shortage by joining forces with Unitek to increase the pipeline of BSN-prepared nurses.

“We so appreciate dedicated leaders like Dr.Jeffery Hudson-Covolo, who has been instrumental in developing our partnership,” said Karilyn Van Oosten, Vice President ofStrategic Business Development at Unitek Learning. “Though his guidance and collaboration, we have been able to develop a workforce solution that will provide the communities Sierra View Medical Center serves with qualified healthcare professionals. Together, we can collaborate on the challenges facing the medical industry and create a customized workforce solution.”

Employees of Sierra View Medical Center can start their career in nursing through Unitek’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN),Unitek College also offers an LVN to BSN option for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. It serves as an advanced placement track for qualifying students. The goal is to prepare skilled and educated graduates who will be ready to enter the workforce.

“At Unitek, we care greatly about promoting student excellence,” said Janis Paulson, Chief Executive Officer at Unitek Learning. “As an institution that provides various healthcare programs, we are committed to educating the next generation. We believe academia and inclusivity are vital when it comes to supporting the future of nursing and healthcare. This isa core belief thatSierra View Medical Center shares with all of us at Unitek.

Unitek Learning is the parent company of several distinguished learning institutions: Unitek College, Unitek EMT, Eagle GateCollege, Provo College, and Brookline College. Unitek programs teach the clinical practices and theory used in the field today. Equipped with a multitude of sought-after skills, Unitek graduates are prepared to excel in many of the fastest-growing careers in healthcare and nursing.

To find out how to take advantage of all this partnership affords, call 888.382.8183 or contact us today.

Contact:

Karilyn Van Oosten VP of Strategic Business Development

Direct: (949) 408-3167KVanOosten@unitek.com