Addressing a Shortage of Nurses and Social Workers

August 17, 2022

This new initiative will incentivize and support 1,200 students to become nurses and social workers. The program is a result of targeted funding in the state budget approved by Democrats in the legislature to help people begin careers in high-demand career fields.

CT Health Horizons takes a multi-step approach of tuition assistance for accelerated learning programs, increased recruitment and retention of faculty to expand seating for students, and promotion of partnerships with employers to create more career pathways.

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The program is a collaborative partnership between Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU), the Office of Workforce Strategy (OWS), the University of Connecticut (UConn), the Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges (CCIC), the Connecticut Hospital Association as well as multiple state agencies.

Connecticut is experiencing a nursing and social worker shortage, and our higher education system needs to expand its capacity to reverse this concerning trend. CT Health Horizons is an important investment in attracting students and making sure our colleges and universities are ready to prepare them for these critical career fields.

Read more about CT Health Horizons here.