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Strengthening Community Colleges

The Michigan Coalition for Accelerated Healthcare Pathways (MCAHP) is leading efforts to increase the capacity and responsiveness of Michigan community colleges in providing a pipeline of skilled workers, and upskilling those already in healthcare, to address the needs of employers.

By investing in the workforce, this program will:

  • Identify gaps in existing education/training programs, systems and infrastructure.
  • Increase and improve employer engagement.
  • Enhance career pathway programs and accelerated learning strategies.
  • Strategically align with and create innovative system changes in Workforce Development.
  • Bridge high school/career tech programming to post-secondary institutions

Health occupations are in high demand

The demand for workers in health careers is the fastest growing industry sector in the State of Michigan, especially in Allied Health. Allied health professionals are involved with the delivery of health or related services such as the identification, evaluation, and prevention of diseases and disorders, dietary and nutrition services, rehabilitation and health systems management, among others. It is predicted that the demand for healthcare workers will grow nearly twice as fast as the national economy. The need is so great and varies among careers.

Through the Michigan Coalition for Accelerated Healthcare Pathways (MCAHP), strategic thinking is being put into creating vital education and training to meet the varied demand. Led by Grand Rapids Community College, the coalition is addressing barriers and building capacity to deliver online, hybrid training, and apprenticeships to those interested in entering the field of Allied Health.

What GRCC offers

GRCC has a long history of providing exceptional education opportunities in the professions of Nursing, Radiologic Technology, Occupational Therapy, and Dental Technician Assisting and Hygiene. In recent years, GRCC has expanded its offerings to include more Allied Health programs.

These programs include:

What's happening now

New programs have been, and continue to be, developed through the MCAHP Strengthening Community College program. Most recent programs include:

  • Cardiovascular Tech Apprenticeship, 2023
  • Anesthesia Technologist, 2023
  • Continuing education offerings in healthcare

What is the best way to get involved?

MCAHP needs you – Healthcare and long-term care employers 

If you would like to connect to programs, students, training, or have input into the development of future programs, please contact Lorena Aguayo-Márquez, SCC Program Manager, at


Employer Partners 

  • Allegan County Mental Health
  • Ascension Michigan
  • Cherry Health
  • Holland Home
  • Holt Senior Care
  • Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital
  • McLaren Greater Lansing
  • Mercy Health
  • Metro Health/U of M Health West
  • Northeast Michigan Community
  • Mental Health Authority
  • Sparrow Health System
  • Spectrum Health

Workforce System Partners 

  • Capital Area Michigan Works!
  • Oakland County Michigan Works!
  • Michigan Works! Northeast Consortium
  • West Michigan Works!

Education Partners 

  • Alpena Community College
  • Grand Rapids Community College
  • Lansing Community College
  • Muskegon Community College
  • Oakland Community College
  • Michigan Community College Association
  • Kent Intermediate School District


Summer Madrid
Phone: (616) 234-3154

Lorena Aguayo-Marquez
Phone: (616) 234-2542


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