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School At Work program

St. Anthony’s front-line employees have a unique opportunity to sharpen their skills and explore new advancement opportunities through the six-month School At Work program.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When does the School At Work program meet, and how much does it cost?
A: The six month program meets weekly. Participants will receive the education at no charge to them.

Q: Who is the program geared to? If I have a bachelor’s degree, do I qualify?
A: This program is not designed for employees  who already have college degrees. It is designed to help front-line employees  develop their skills and explore new positions within their organizations. This includes employees of Nutrition Services, Transport, Environmental Service, medical staff offices, nurse aides and more.

For a nurse assistant, for example, a typical career ladder progression might include advancement  to  a student nurse apprentice , then to a registered nurse.  A medical receptionist or unit secretary might advance to a medical transcriptionist, then to a billing and coding position.

Q: What will I learn in this program?
A: There are 12 educational modules involved in School At Work, ranging from life management skills and communication to grammar and math in the workplace and medical terminology. Toward the end of the program, you will plan the next steps in your career by developing a customized Career and Learning Plan (CLP).

Q: How much time will I need to invest in this program? And where are the classes held?
A: Each weekly class ranges from an hour and a half to two hours: the first and final classes are about two and a half hours long. Classes are held Tuesday afternoons in either the fourth-floor conference room or the fourth-floor Information Services training room. Each module is broken down into a live education portion and an online portion.  Each week will rotate between live and online portions. Participants also will be expected to complete one to three hours of homework each week.

Q: Who is running this program? Has it been tried here in the past?
A: The School At Work program was developed by Catalyst Learning (catalystlearning.com), and recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. Nationwide, more than 9,000 employees at various work sites have furthered their careers through the program. Catalyst Learning and St. Anthony’s Education department will present the program.

Q: How do I apply for the program?
A: You must complete and return an application. To obtain one, contact the education department.

Q: If I apply, will I be entered into the program automatically?
A: No. Applicants must register for a Test of Adult Basic Education screening (TABE), which can be registered through HealthStream. The screening consists of a two-hour standardized test that must be completed by every applicant. When results from the screening are available, the applicant will be contacted for an in-person interview and final selection of students will follow.

Q: If I don’t like the program, can I drop out?
A: St. Anthony’s Education Department is very excited about this program.  The number of participants will be limited to keep the class size small. This opportunity is privilege for our employees, and we want to make it clear at the outset that the expectations for our participants will be very strong. Please consider carefully whether you will be willing to invest your time and effort in this program. If you are selected to participate, and fail to adhere to the program standards, you will be wasting an opportunity that could have been used by a co-worker.

Q: I’m still not sure if this program is for me.
A: You should participate in School At Work if you want to:

  • Gain the skills you need to move forward at work
  • Refresh your math, communications and reading skills
  • Improve your time management and study skills
  • Learn what careers best fit with your interests
  • Develop a personalized Career and Learning Plan
  • Prepare for a certificate or degree program
  • Improve your computer skills
  • Challenge yourself and build self-confidence

Q: I still have questions.  Who can I contact?
A: Contact the Education department.

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