College is associated with many things: gaining a degree, sports, research, active social lives, and traditionally, those fun years transitioning from adolescent to adult. For NQP, it’s an opportunity to develop relationships that could shape our workforce well into the future.

NQP has established relationships with several of our local colleges and universities that have a focus on healthcare-related programs. Four-year programs, Two-year programs, Continuing Education and Career Development, or Workshop Development—the entry point doesn’t matter. It’s the connections to programs that help with skill development that our industry needs to navigate the era of Value Based Payments and provide important pipelines for our future workforce.

In addition to the relationships that the Hubs have developed themselves, NQP has established relationships with the following schools, all of which feature a healthcare curriculum: Adelphi University in Garden City; CUNY York College in Jamaica, Queens; Hofstra University in Hempstead; Molloy College in Rockville Centre; and Nassau Community College (NCC) in Garden City.

Our activities vary, but here’s a sampling of our efforts in 2018 in working with our college partners:

  • Successful Health Career Receptions partnering with both with York and NCC, attended by more than 25 employers and over 100 candidates each.
  • Curriculum development with NCC on Community Health Worker program and more broadly, a potential concentration on Community Health
  • Working with York College to focus on programs to meet workforce needs in one of our “Hot Spots”, the Far Rockaway community
  • Workshop development with several of the schools for our NQP partners including Excel training, Data Analytics, LGBTQ issues, and Project Management.
  • Scholarships and internships for Community Health Workers, MPH (Public Health) students, Social Work students, Data Analytics/Nursing Informatics students, and Nursing students, with a particular focus on Psych NP students.

Glenn Courounis, Director of Organizational Development at NQP, who works directly with the colleges, expressed how satisfied NQP is with the relationships. “We are so pleased that we have developed very solid relationships with our local schools, who have been active participants in all of our joint efforts. We are committed to working with one another to provide training and ultimately, job opportunities for healthcare workers in Nassau County and Queens”.

Our college partners have been happy with our efforts and the feedback has been extremely positive. “We’ve been very pleased with our relationship with NQP”, said Oslene Carrington, Executive Director, Office of Economic and Workforce Development at York College. “The opportunities for our skilled and very diverse student body have and will continue to be advance by our partnership”. Dawn Nolan, Director of the Center for Workforce Development at Nassau Community College, said “We appreciate the participation and support of NQP in our commitment to provide excellent educational opportunities for students to ensure they have the job skills and training local healthcare employers demand”.

We look forward to our continuing and expanding partnerships in 2019 with additional Career Receptions, internships and curriculum development.