SCHA and The South Carolina Technical College System are excited to announce “Path to Provide,” a scholarship program to expand the healthcare workforce in South Carolina. The pilot program is launching this week at the following technical colleges:
• Central Carolina Technical College
• Florence Darlington Technical College
• Midlands Technical College
• Northeastern Technical College
• Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College
• Piedmont Technical College
• Spartanburg Community College
• Technical College of the Lowcountry
• Trident Technical College
• York Technical College
The mission of Path to Provide is to empower individuals to enter stable health careers in service to their communities. Path to Provide will help finance scholarships and provide on-the-job training for students currently enrolled in a healthcare program at a participating technical college that commit to employment with a South Carolina hospital or health system upon graduation.
Participating healthcare facilities for this pilot year include Abbeville Area Medical Center, Allendale County Hospital, Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center, Chester Regional Medical Center, Springs Memorial Hospital, Self Regional Healthcare, McLeod Health Darlington, McLeod Health Dillon, McLeod Health Clarendon, Summerville Medical Center, Kershaw Health, Regional Medical Center, and Palmetto Health Tuomey.
“South Carolina’s hospitals are excited to team-up with the state’s technical colleges to build a pipeline for homegrown caregivers and health workers in our communities,” said Thornton Kirby, President and CEO of SCHA. The program will help support areas that often struggle to find the necessary caregivers to meet the local demand for health services.
“Access and affordability are the cornerstones of the SC Technical College System. We are always working to expand and enhance partnerships across the state that will make it easier for our current and prospective students to achieve their higher education and career goals,” said Dr. Tim Hardee, president of the SC Technical College System. “This partnership with the SC Hospital Association achieves just that. The Path to Provide scholarship initiative allows our participating students to gain first-hand experience in a hospital setting while earning a degree, graduating debt-free and gaining employment at the sponsoring hospital once they’ve completed the program and met licensure requirements. It’s a real win-win for the student, the hospital and the community.”