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Earn to Learn Scholarship Recipients Celebrate Graduation and Begin New Careers in Allied Health

ROSEBURG, Ore., May 21, 2024—The first cohort of Earn to Learn Scholarship recipients and students within the Umpqua Community College Allied Healthcare Program are graduating this summer and will then begin employment with Aviva Health. A night of recognition and gratitude took place at an Earn to Learn Celebration Dinner on May 21.

Earlier this year, Aviva Health and UCC partnered together to create a program that would establish a pipeline to provide healthcare professionals within the local community. Throughout the summer, the scholarship recipients who received funding for tuition, fees, a living stipend, and guaranteed employment, are graduating and will continue their careers at Aviva.

“I am excited to graduate and begin work as a registered nurse. With my 6-year-old daughter, it is difficult to balance work, school, and family. This scholarship provided me financial stability while I focused on my studies in nursing school. Working for Aviva allows me to spend more time with my daughter and not rely so heavily on extended family to help care for her,” said Destany Alamprese, UCC Registered Nursing program student and Aviva Health intern.
The Earn to Learn Scholarship Program is central to UCC’s expansion of Allied Health programming and training of the healthcare workforce. Between 2023 and 2026, the program will graduate 24 students to enter the local workforce within the following five disciplines: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Nurse, Medical Assistant, Phlebotomist, and Dental Assistant.

“Becoming a dental assistant has been my dream since I was young, and I have had financial issues since I started college two years ago. I want to give back to those who really need help in their oral health care, and this program will give me an amazing opportunity to fill a high-demand job in Douglas County. I could not be more thankful, and I will commit to providing high-quality care and ensuring the well-being of my patients,” said Sierra Paroz, UCC Dental Assisting program student and Aviva Health intern.

About the Earn to Learn Grant
The Earn to Learn scholarship is part of the Workforce Ready Grant created as a partnership between UCC and Aviva Health. The strategic partnership aims to help local students start a living wage career and meet the demands for healthcare in Douglas County, where a shortage of skilled health workers has become a significant challenge for the community in recent years.

The grant-funded program will provide tuition assistance and guaranteed employment upon completion for 24 students enrolled in one of UCC’s Allied Health curriculum programs over the course of three years. In addition to covering tuition, the Oregon state Higher Education Coordinating Committee awarded a living stipend to each student annually to cover housing and personal expenses.

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