Aspire for more: Professional development courses for select team members launch in April

February 21, 2018  //  FOUND IN: Our Employees,

Michigan Medicine employees represented by the AFSCME union could soon get the opportunity to give their career a lift by enhancing their professional development skills.

ASPIRE, a six-month paid training program designed for all full- or part-time line-level employees who work under AFSCME’s collective bargaining agreement, is set to launch this spring.

“We are thrilled to give our employees a chance to grow their skills and enhance their careers at Michigan Medicine,” said Frank Krupansky, director of logistics and support services. “When individuals come here for a career, we work hard to ensure they have the support and resources they need to reach their full potential.”

How ASPIRE works

Monthly sessions, to be held on the final Tuesday of every month at University Hospital, will kick off in late April and run through September.

ASPIRE will include:

  • Thoughtful classroom instruction on common career/professional development topics, including:
    • Discovering strengths
    • Goal setting
    • Resume building
  • Engaging reading materials
  • Tailored coaching sessions
  • Peer-to-peer networking opportunities

The courses will be taught in English. However, in an effort to be inclusive, translated versions of select classroom materials will be made available.

“This program is an important partnership and collaboration between Michigan Medicine and the AFSCME union,” said Ron Sober, an instructional designer with University Human Resources who is helping develop the training courses. “Employees will come out of these sessions in a greater position to succeed in their career and find mobility within the institution.”

How to apply

The program is designed to accommodate up to 20 participants at each session. Interested employees who meet the basic eligibility requirements should fill out a simple online form. Participants will be chosen via a lottery system. (Please be advised that individuals who receive any disciplinary layoff between Jan. 1, 2017 and April 1, 2018 will not be eligible for the program).

Those chosen will be excused from their normal shift during the sessions and departments will be responsible for working out the logistics of covering for those employees. The sessions will also count as hours worked for each employee, with participants earning their regular working rate while in the course.

“At Michigan Medicine, we’re proud of every employee,” Krupansky said. “We’re committed to providing professional development resources so that each team member is able to achieve everything they are meant to achieve.”

Are you a Michigan Medicine employee, represented by AFSCME, who is interested in attending these paid training sessions? Click here to enroll in the lottery!