Local Healthcare Professionals Graduate from SBCC Career Skills Institute Program, Set Sights on Career Growth

Health Professionals Institute graduates and the leadership teams from Cottage Health and the SBCC School of Extended Learning gather after program participants were recognized for their accomplishments. Photo by Glenn Dubock.

Thanks to Santa Barbara City College’s Career Skills Institute and their Health Professionals Institute program and partners, dozens of local healthcare employees are now poised for career advancement.

The SBCC Career Skills Institute created its Health Professionals Institute program in collaboration with Cottage Health and Sansum Clinic. The program is available to employees of participating healthcare organizations and companies. On Friday, January 5, certificates of recognition were awarded to 33 Health Professionals Institute program participants who have completed required courses while also working full or part-time jobs. Several of this year’s participating employees are now slated for career-making promotions as a direct result of the program.

Health Professionals Institute courses focus on key issues like communication in the workplace, supervisory skills, and resolving differences at work. Courses are selected by the Health Professionals Institute Advisory Board, made up of leaders from local healthcare organizations.

SBCC School of Extended Learning Interim Vice President Melissa Moreno and representatives from the leadership teams at SBCC, Cottage Health, and Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics were in attendance at the graduation event to present certificates of recognition and congratulate participants for their accomplishments.

“The purpose of the Health Professionals Institute is to provide emerging leaders in the healthcare industry with the skills to grow and accelerate in the workplace, and I believe our partnerships with Cottage and Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics have gotten stronger every year,” said Moreno. “We’re finding that the workforce, especially in the healthcare industry, has the technical skills to get the job done, but study after study tells us the skills gap lies in those skills needed to be a good manager or a great leader.”

There have been over 290 individuals within Cottage Health who have been accepted into the Health Professionals Institute program over the last nine years, and 50 percent have grown their role. 

If your healthcare company or organization is interested in learning more about the Health Professionals Institute program, please contact Jeanette Chian, Associate Director, SBCC School of Extended Learning at (805) 683-8289.

To learn more about the SBCC School of Extended Learning and see all of the tuition-free and fee-based courses available this spring, visit www.sbcc.edu/ExtendedLearning.

Career Skills Institute at Santa Barbara City College

The SBCC Career Skills Institute is part of the programs offered through the SBCC School of Extended Learning. It launched in 2015 to address the growing gap between the skills employers need and the current lack of workforce skills. The innovative program is endorsed by LinkedIn® and serves job seekers, employers and employees with a tuition–free, noncredit certificate program to provide career training for employees and job seekers. Participants can earn certificates and digital badges demonstrating knowledge and skills in over 25 areas of business, design and technology. For more information, visit www.sbcc.edu/csi or call (805) 683-8282. To learn more about the SBCC School of Extended Learning, visit www.sbcc.edu/ExtendedLearning.

About Santa Barbara City College

Founded in 1909, Santa Barbara City College currently serves approximately 15,000 students each semester who enroll in courses for transfer preparation, career education, and foundational skills. SBCC was the 2013-2015 national co-winner of the prestigious Aspen Institute Prize for Community College Excellence. The college was recognized for its quality and focus in four areas: facilitating underrepresented and minority student success, student learning outcomes, degree completion and transfer rates, and labor market success in securing good jobs after college.

Our Mission: As a public community college dedicated to the success of each student…

Santa Barbara City College provides students a diverse learning environment that inspires curiosity and discovery, promotes global responsibility and fosters opportunity for all.

About Cottage Health www.cottagehealth.org

The not-for-profit Cottage Health is the leader in providing advanced medical care to the Central Coast region.  Specialties include the Cottage Children’s Medical Center, Level 1 Trauma Center, Neuroscience Institute, Heart & Vascular Center, Center for Orthopedics, and Rehabilitation Hospital. The Cottage Health medical staff is comprised of more than 700 physicians, many with subspecialties typically found only at university medical centers. Last year, the Cottage Health hospitals in Goleta, Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez Valley provided inpatient care for 19,000 people, treated 78,000 patients through their 24-hour emergency departments and helped deliver 2,500 newborns.

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