Rise to Success provides education, job opportunities

A new program through Atrium Health will provide free healthcare education and career opportunities to a small handful of local students this year.

Atrium Health recently expanded its Rise to Success program to Cleveland County and beginning this fall, eight to 10 high school seniors from the school system’s foundational nursing class will be chosen for the program through an application process.

Students will work part-time for Atrium and in return, Atrium will pay for up to three years of their education at a local community college. Tuition, textbooks, and scrubs will be covered, and they will be guaranteed employment in the health field after earning an associate degree in a health-related discipline.

Rhonda Benfield, Cleveland County Schools Career Development Coordinator, said the school system has been in discussions with Atrium for several months.

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