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UVA Health to expand professional training program with $50,000 from Truist Foundation

UVA Health received a $50,000 grant from the Truist Foundation to expand its “Earn While You Learn” program, which provides local residents with paid, on-the-job training to start a career in healthcare.

“Our neighbors across Central Virginia deserve the chance to build a career at UVA Health that provides them with opportunities for growth and advancement,” said Wendy Horton, PharmD, MBA, CEO of UVA Medical Center. “At the same time, this program will help us find talented team members who can help us expand our services to care for even more Virginians. We thank the Truist Foundation for supporting this valuable program.

Working with community partners at Piedmont Virginia Community College and the Charlottesville-Albemarle Technical Education Center, Earn While You Learn trains local residents to become emergency medical technicians, pharmacy technicians, certified nursing assistants, phlebotomists ( blood sample collectors) and medical assistants. The minimum requirement for the program is a high school diploma or GED; no healthcare experience is required. The Truist Foundation grant will be used to help expand the reach of the program to potential participants whose first language is not English.

Since the official launch of the first training program earlier this year, more than 45 local residents have enrolled in these on-the-job training programs. In the coming months, UVA Health is looking to expand the program to provide training for sterile processing technicians while creating career paths for participants once they complete their initial training.

“At a time when there is a growing need for healthcare professionals, UVA Health’s ‘Earn While You Learn’ is an exceptional program that breaks down financial barriers to entering the field by incentivizing candidates to undergo hands-on training paid,” said Thomas Ransom, Virginia Regional President for Truist. “Our support for UVA Health’s program provides inclusive access to the educational programs and career paths that are essential to advancing the economic mobility and health care of our own community, and this is how we fulfill the Truist’s goal to inspire and build better lives and communities.”

UVA Health is about to start hiring for the next series of Earn While You Learn courses that will begin in October. For more information on Earn While You Learn, please visit or call 434.982.0006.

About the Truist Foundation

The Truist Foundation is committed to fulfilling the Truist Financial Corporation (NYSE: TFC) goal of inspiring and building better lives and communities. Established in 2020, the foundation makes strategic investments in nonprofits to help ensure the communities it serves have more opportunities for a better quality of life. Truist Foundation grants and activities focus on leadership development, economic mobility, thriving communities, and educational equity. Learn more at

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