By: Sam Boyer, special to Cleveland.com
CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cuyahoga Community College has announced that Susan Krejci will lead the Workforce Connect Healthcare Sector Partnership as executive director, effective Monday (Aug. 3).
Krejci, a resident of Brunswick, and Tri-C will work closely with hospital systems in Cuyahoga County to create a robust talent pipeline while also ensuring that job seekers have clearly defined career pathways with family-sustaining wages.
The initial group of hospitals includes Cleveland Clinic, The MetroHealth System, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, University Hospitals and the Veterans Health Administration.
“We have people in Northeast Ohio looking for jobs, and healthcare providers with positions to fill,” Krejci said. “Our goal with the Workforce Connect Healthcare Sector Partnership is to build the bridge that connects and resolves those needs.”
Krejci is a Tri-C graduate with more than a decade of experience working in various aspects of healthcare, including public health, workforce development and academic research.
Most recently, she served as an operations manager at Better Health Partnership. In that position, Krejci helped build and launch Cuyahoga County’s first Pathways Community HUB to address economic and social factors that impact overall health and access to medical care.
Prior to that, she served The MetroHealth System as a program manager at the Center for Health Care Research and Policy, as well as the Community Health Initiative.
Krejci has also held a leadership role with Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities — where she focused on developing workforce programs — and contributed to research at Case Western Reserve University.
“Susan Krejci has a tremendous background and we are thrilled to bring her aboard,” said William Gary, executive vice president of Tri-C’s Workforce, Community and Economic Development Division.
Earlier this year, JPMorgan Chase made a $175,000 philanthropic investment to provide students with necessary education and skills to secure well-paying, high-demand jobs in healthcare-related fields.
This investment supports the Workforce Connect Healthcare Sector Partnership to the Fund for our Economic Future, which serves as fiscal sponsor for the Workforce Connect. The Cuyahoga County Workforce Funders Group also supports the sector partnership through a grant to the Fund.