Virginia Union University Launches Certificate Program to Prepare Students to Enter the Healthcare Workforce Certificate Program created through a partnership with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation
Richmond, VA – April 29, 2021—Virginia Union University (VUU) is excited to announce the creation of a new Healthcare Management Certificate Program that will train and prepare students to enter the healthcare field. The certificate program will help meet the growing demand for healthcare workers needed to provide health-based services in the coming years. The new certificate program was created thanks to a $72,000 grant from the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation.
Beginning in May 2021, the seven-week healthcare management curriculum will provide a short-term, low-cost program that will offer specialized training to help students develop usable, transferrable workplace skills in the healthcare profession. The certificate program is offered through a collaboration with VUU’s Sydney Lewis School of Business, the School of Arts and Sciences, and VUU Global.
“VUU is dedicated to providing education to individuals who were affected by these unpredictable times,” said Ralph Dickerson, Vice President of Institutional Advancement at VUU. “In response to the global pandemic and the increased unemployment rates, the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation approached us with an idea and we worked together to achieve a major goal for both parties, and that is to provide educational opportunities in the healthcare field that will lead to sustainable income.”
The inaugural cohort will include 10 students for the 2021-2022 term. The growth plan includes an increase in enrolled students in each healthcare certificate cohort moving forward. The Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation funding will create the certificate program infrastructure, and provide student laptops and instructional simulation equipment. Each student enrolled in the healthcare certificate program will receive a $1,500 scholarship, and a VUU mentor who will ensure they complete the program and acquire access to employment opportunities.
“We are pleased to collaborate with VUU to help create the next generation of Virginia healthcare workers through the new certificate program,” said Maureen Dempsey, M.D., Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s chief clinical officer. “As part of our COVID-19 relief work, one of our goals is to ensure that individuals, their families and businesses can recover and reach full potential in the years ahead by supporting economic development through training, mentoring and job creation. Programs like VUU’s Healthcare Certificate Program offers interested students’ important knowledge and tools as they enter the healthcare field.”
To enroll in the Healthcare Certificate Program, students must be residents of Richmond, Virginia. Pre-requisites or other healthcare courses are not required for certificate program admission. By adding the new Healthcare Certificate Program, VUU now offers four certificates. In addition, Virginia Union University began offering six new master’s degree and two new bachelor’s degree programs in January 2021.