Streamlined from college to profession

Emily Griffith Technical College and Denver Health announces new partnership

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Denver Health and Emily Griffith Technical College are a natural fit for a partnership.

In fact, the partnership in some capacity has existed for 38 years. But now, a new component of the partnership makes it even stronger.

The newest component is two-fold. The first entails providing graduates of Emily Griffith’s Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program the opportunity for employment at Denver Health’s new Outpatient Medical Center (OMC). And the second will provide students and graduates of the college’s Culinary Arts and Culinary Quick Start programs the opportunity to operate the new Denver Health OMC Café Powered by Emily Griffith.

“We are grateful for key partnerships like the one with Emily Griffith that provide us with a pipeline of talent to help us better serve and support the Denver community,” said Robin D. Wittenstein, Denver Health’s CEO, in a news release.

The intent is for it to be a streamlined process, said Randy Johnson, executive director of Emily Griffith Technical College.

“What we’ve seen from the pandemic is that healthcare is an essential service,” Johnson said, adding that all students who enter into the college’s CNA program know they want to enter into a healthcare profession. “We’re helping Denver Health by providing a skilled workforce, and they’re helping our students find their path.”

Denver Health’s OMC, 660 N. Bannock St., recently opened and was “built to revolutionize the way Denver Health delivers healthcare in an outpatient setting by consolidating the many places a patient may need to get specialty care into one building,” states a news release.

Emily Griffith Technical College’s main campus is located at 1860 Lincoln St. in Denver.

A key component of the partnership, which will run for two years, is the communication, Johnson said. For example, he said, Denver Health will be able to communicate what training is needed, thus, better prepare Emily Griffith’s students for their post-graduation endeavors.

“Everybody who walks through our doors at Emily Griffith are looking for an opportunity for a profession,” Johnson said. “This type of partnership speaks to the heart of Emily Griffith — preparing students for a meaningful career.”

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