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Henry Ford College and Corewell Health Announce First-of-its-Kind Guaranteed Employment Program

December 19, 2023

On Dec. 11, Henry Ford College and Corewell Health announced a guaranteed-employment educational partnership that will establish a sustainable pipeline of highly qualified, career-ready nursing graduates to serve patients in Corewell Health hospitals throughout the Southeast Michigan region.

Building on a longstanding relationship between Henry Ford College and Corewell Health, the new Nurse Immersive Clinical and Employment program will provide unique benefits to students and to Corewell Health, setting the stage for a consistent nursing workforce that can meet patient needs in the decades to come. The program will help to secure a sustainable source of newly trained and qualified RNs to be employed by Corewell Health at Corewell Health hospitals and healthcare facilities in Southeast Michigan.

The Detroit Regional Chamber celebrates this announcement as an example of what successful partnership and collaboration between education and business could look like.

“This partnership is not just a win-win for Corewell Health and Henry Ford College, it’s a win-win for the city of Dearborn and ultimately, the entire state,” said Kelli Sadler, MHA, RN, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Executive at Corewell Health in Southeast Michigan. “This partnership will help fulfill our state’s need for skilled nurses who will provide patients with exceptional care in our communities.”

This expanded partnership will:

  1. Recruit and prepare HFC Nursing students for careers in the Corewell Health system, with a guarantee of employment when they complete their HFC nursing degree and related requirements.
  2. Enhance and accelerate student learning through embedded clinical and immersive on-site training opportunities and “learn and earn” options.
  3. Engage Corewell Nursing staff in preparing the next generation of healthcare professionals in Southeast Michigan.
  4. Provide substantial financial support to students. Scholarships may reach up to $9,380 per student.

The partnership has four core components:

  1. Clinical placement: HFC Nursing students in the program will receive hands-on clinical training in Corewell Health hospitals as early as their first semester, continuing through their third semester of study.
  2. Immersive and experiential learning: Fourth-semester students will advance their skills through an Immersive Onsite Practicum, guided by experienced Corewell Health nurses at a Corewell Health facility.
  3. Learn-and-earn option: HFC Nursing students will have opportunities for temporary part-time paid jobs in a Corewell Health facility while they are still completing their coursework.
  4. Full-time employment guarantee: After students graduate from the HFC ADN/RN Nursing Program, pass the NCLEX exam, and meet Corewell Health employment requirements, these students will be offered full-time employment with Corewell Health in a Corewell Health facility in Southeast Michigan.