Project REACH (Resources and Education for the Advancement of Careers at Hopkins) is a career acceleration program designed to help current Johns Hopkins Health System employees gain the skills and knowledge necessary to fill vacant healthcare positions—with a focus on those that are experiencing critical and chronic shortages.
Since July of 2004, more than 400 Hopkins employees entered this innovative program and are well on their way to better-paying, more rewarding positions throughout the organization.
For a history of the program development, see our Project REACH retrospective.
Discover the Program
A few features of this program include assessments of basic skills and career interest for eligible applicants, the assignment of career coaches, and salary release support for participants who are pursuing school full-time (12 credits/semester).
Along with specific specialized training, Project REACH offers educational and work/family life counseling, as well as workshops for academic success and readiness, effective communication, customer services, conflict resolution, stress management, adjusting to change, onboarding, job retention, money management and financial planning for employees.
Current training offerings:
Positions for which we are currently training include, but are not limited to:
- Surgical Technician
- Medical Technician
- Medical Technologist
- Pre-Clinical Associate
- Clinical Associate
- Registered Nursing (See Project LINC)
- Radiology Technician
- Respiratory Therapist
- Pharmacy Technician
Project REACH was funded by a grant awarded under the President's High Growth Job Training Initiative, as implemented by the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration. For details on how the program was designed and implemented, see the Project REACH retrospective.
To participate in Project REACH, employees must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Current JHHS employee with full-time status
- Full-time permanent employment for at least one year prior to submission of application
- Must have completed the program application and manager recommendation form
- Cannot be under active discipline and must remain in good standing throughout the Project REACH process
- Must be actively employed (physically present and able to perform job duties) in department at all times
- U.S. citizen or permanent resident
- Employees interested in training opportunities that require salary release time must have completed at least one year of college pre-requisites
For more information about the program or to apply, please schedule an initial contact meeting with one of our career coaches. Call 443-997-4585 or stop by our office (Eastern Campus, B220F A200), Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.