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Olympic Region Human Resources Community of Practice Understanding the needs of students pursuing health careers

In early May, Olympic Community of Health (OCH) invited local colleges to speak at the Olympic Region Human Resources Community of Practice. This is a group of regional partners collaborating around challenges facing the health-serving workforce. OCH invited partners from Olympic College and Peninsula College to lead a panel discussion about the next generation of health-serving workforce. During this discussion, they shared perspectives heard from students about their desires from future employers, what they are seeking from workplace culture, employment, and job satisfaction.

In preparation of this meeting, Peninsula College conducted a survey among students to gain better insights into what is important for this up and coming workforce. This survey revealed key findings:

Olympic College revealed a similar sentiment and they shared future plans to address the health care workforce shortage by partnering with Kitsap County Commissioners and Virginia Mason Franciscan Health. This partnership intends to add capacity for more than 600 students annually to health sciences programs over the next four years.

OCH would like to extend gratitude to Alecia Nye from Olympic College and Rachel Pairsh from Peninsula College. Having a better understanding of our workforce will help foster a region of healthy people, thriving communities.

If you'd like to join the next meeting of the Olympic Region Human Resources Community of practice, please email All are welcome.

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