Hardon Educational Institute launches Healthcare State Earn and Learn with Indianapolis Public Schools, IU Health, Eskenazi Health, and other healthcare partners

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Hardon Educational Institute launches Healthcare State Earn and Learn with Indianapolis Public Schools, IU Health, Eskenazi Health, and other healthcare partners


INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 27, 2021)  – Hardon Educational Institute (HEI), in partnership with Indiana’s Office of Work-Based Learning and Apprenticeship (OWBLA), has developed two certified State Earn and Learn (SEAL) programs that were recognized during a virtual announcement on Jan. 27.

HEI worked with Crispus Attucks High School and Arsenal Technical High School within Indianapolis Public Schools to expand its healthcare program offerings to include these new SEALs. There are over 450 students participating in the program.

Students enrolled in the healthcare pathway will be able to earn up to 40 college credits towards an Associate Degree at Ivy Tech Community College. In addition, students can earn up to seven industry-valued certifications in healthcare. The high school students will be working in paid positions with eight different long-term care and home healthcare companies. A select cohort of students will also be admitted to the IU Health Fellowship that will take students in the medical assisting program and lead them into career opportunities at IU Health facilities.

“We are grateful to Hardon Educational Institute, Ivy Tech, and the Office of Work-Based Learning and Apprenticeship for their partnership and this amazing opportunity for our students. Thanks to this SEAL certification in Health Sciences, students participating in this programming at Crispus Attucks and Arsenal Tech high schools will have multiple options available to them in the healthcare industry after graduation,” said Aleesia Johnson, IPS superintendent. “These students will be more prepared to meet workforce demands after graduation and have a strong head start on earning a post-secondary degree.”

“The COVID-19 pandemic has emphasized the need to invest in the next generation of health care providers, and we know there are capable, passionate students in our own backyard,” said Dennis Murphy, president and CEO of IU Health. “Our partnership with IPS can help drive the success of its students. By removing barriers of access and finance, this program will promote student success and satisfaction, leading to a stable workforce and improving the economic landscape of Indiana.”

Hardon Educational Institute also continues its success as an adult training provider and is expanding its programming with a certified SEAL that integrates six industry certifications. Adults can earn stackable credentials while they work, earning their medical assisting certification with externship hours at Eskenazi Health and other ambulatory care settings.

Partnerships include Aperion Care Waldron, American Senior Communities, Trilogy Health Services, and United Home Healthcare.

Brandi London, Chief Education Officer at Hardon Educational Institute, said, "Our high school and adult programs are designed to help students stack credentials and to develop an informed and competent workforce in healthcare. We're excited to do our part in meeting these demands.”

"It has truly been a great experience working with the students of Hardon Educational Institute, partnering within our own community to help cultivate tomorrow's future healthcare leaders,” said Edna Davenport, Administrator in Training for American Senior Communities at Bethany Village.

“The SEAL programs are a model for what healthcare partnerships can look like to build a comprehensive work-based learning program. The programs encompass home healthcare, long-term care, and acute care systems, all collaborating to build healthcare talent pipelines,” said Mee Hee Smith, OWBLA Regional Director. “I look forward to sharing this best-practice model with both employers and training providers across Indiana to meet the demands of a 21st century skilled workforce."

Hardon Educational Institute SEAL

(Pictured L-R: Kellee Harney, Chief Operations Officer, Hardon Educational Institute; Mee Hee Smith, Regional Director-OWBLA; and Brandi London, Chief Education Officer, Hardon Educational Institute)

SEALs are Indiana’s state-level apprenticeship-type programs. They are designed to deliver work and learn experience for participants along with the skills and certifications that employers value. These programs are geared toward both adult and youth populations, and they satisfy Indiana’s high school graduation pathway requirements.

DWD projects Indiana employers will need to fill more than 1 million additional jobs in the next 10 years, half of which will not require a four-year college degree, but some type of certification or credential beyond a high school diploma.

For more information about the Hardon Educational Institute SEAL or SEALs in general, visit the OWBLA website at www.INwbl.com or email the Office of Work-Based Learning and Apprenticeship at wbl@dwd.in.gov.




About the Office of Work-Based Learning and Apprenticeship:
The Office of Work-Based Learning and Apprenticeship, located within the Department of Workforce Development and part of Governor Holcomb’s NextLevel Agenda, serves to develop and implement a framework of work-based learning pathways for both youth and adult populations with a concentration on certified State Earn and Learn (SEAL) and U.S. DOL Registered Apprenticeship programs.

About the Indiana Department of Workforce Development
DWD serves the worker and the employer to ensure workplace success. DWD is committed to innovating and invigorating Indiana’s economic future by providing WorkOne Career Centers, Unemployment Insurance, Labor Market Information, Regional Workforce Strategies and Professional Training. Through these services, DWD is able to develop a premier workforce that enables Indiana employers to flourish and entices businesses from outside our state to relocate to Indiana.

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