Who We Are

HealthcareWorks is a consortium of workforce boards, health care employers, community colleges, organized labor organizations, community, state and private organizations.


HCLN™ was created in 2005 in response to changing health care labor market conditions and the concern for the quality of patient care.


Thirty-four healthcare industry executives and community college deans and faculty, assisted by representatives from organized labor and community organizations, developed an education model that would increase the ability of certified nursing assistants, dietary aides, clerks and other front-line workers to succeed in college and improve their job performance.


World Education, Inc. of Boston, Massachusetts, a leader in the development and implementation of college transition programs in the United States, was engaged to develop the HCLN™ instructional design and curriculum, and provide instruction.


Funding from eleven organizations supported HCLN™ development: The Boston Foundation, The Massachusetts Commonwealth Corporation, Greater Lowell Workforce Investment Board, Kindred Healthcare, North Shore Workforce Investment Board, Partnerships for a Skilled Workforce, Inc., Radius Management Services, Inc., US Department of Labor, Verizon Foundation, WorkSource Partners, Inc., and World Education, Inc.




In October 2007 the first cohort of HCLN™ Scholars enrolled in Preparation for Health Care Careers. All four courses were available in September 2008.

Four hundred and eleven individuals have become HLCN™ Scholars, representing a mix of frontline health care workers and adult education students. Thirty-seven percent (152 Scholars) have completed HCLN™ coursework and enrolled in post-secondary education or have applications pending. Due to the length of time it takes to obtain a health care certificate or degree, only eight have been awarded a degree. All but one graduate became a licensed practical nurse.




HCLN™ enables individuals to meet the economic needs of their families by giving them the academic knowledge they need to enter post-secondary health care education programs, and the skills they need to succeed as students. Success in post-secondary education programs enables individuals to enter a health care career path leading to sustainable employment and financial security.


Through HLCN™, workers acquire the critical thinking and learning skills to improve their job performance and adapt to changing knowledge and skill requirements in health care.


Simultaneously, HCLN™ meets the workforce needs of hospitals, nursing homes, community health centers and home health care companies for nurses and allied health professionals by increasing the number of people who are admitted to and graduate from health care college programs.