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Carilion Announces New Approach to Investing in Talent


YES program to help employees meet education and career goals and improve their financial well-being

Carilion Clinic today announced it is launching the YES (Your Efforts, Supported) program to expand opportunities for employees in entry-level positions and to build strong talent pools for its future workforce needs.

The program, which will launch later this year, is Carilion-funded and there is no fee to participate. Its goal is to pave a path for entry-level employees to learn, earn additional certifications and further their education to meet career goals, all while helping to fill in-demand positions within the health system.

“We know that everyone doesn’t have the same access to support systems that would allow them to take advantage of career growth opportunities,” said Paul Hudgins, senior vice president and chief human resources officer. “The YES program will clear the runway for those who are driven to succeed, but who may encounter other barriers.”

As the name suggests, YES (Your Efforts, Supported) gives participants needed tools and support so they can meet their educational and career goals and ultimately, move into higher paying roles that will improve their financial well-being.

Carilion will financially support all YES Program participants by paying for their enrollment at Virginia Western Community College, as well as their regular wages and benefits while they are in school full-time. In addition, the organization will pay for expenses such as books, fees, uniforms and may provide other support employees need to balance work and home responsibilities.

“We'll work with program participants to determine what barriers may stand in the way of their success,” says Tara Wiedeman, senior director of Education and Organizational Development at Carilion and one of the program developers. “Then we'll find ways to reduce or eliminate those barriers, so participants can truly focus on learning and training without the stress of balancing work and home responsibilities.”