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Premier Health and Sinclair Community College Partner to Create Academy to Prepare Employees for Rewarding Careers

Premier Health and Sinclair Community College have partnered to create education and career advancement opportunities for Premier Health employees. Premier Health is the first employer to work with Sinclair Community College to develop such a program. Premier Health and Sinclair are two of the largest civilian employers in the Dayton region. The goal of the academy is to upskill Premier Health employees as Sinclair students to create a national model to train critically needed health care personnel.

The Premier Health Sinclair Academy is designed to provide education, skills, and certificates employees need to advance in several career pathways, including nursing, respiratory care, medical imaging, surgical technology, pharmacy technology, paramedic, patient care technician, and medical assisting. In many cases, tuition expenses will be covered by a combination of funding sources, including financial aid and Premier Health tuition assistance benefits.

“Our new partnership with Sinclair promises to provide pathways to many rewarding and meaningful careers for Premier Health employees,” said Billie Lucente-Baker, vice president of talent strategy for Premier Health. “The academy will support the achievement of higher education and skills that employees need for promotion and/or advancement, and we will benefit by having a pipeline of skilled employees for in-demand jobs.”

The Premier Health Sinclair Academy will assist with organizational retention goals and will be a strong recruiting tool and differentiating reason for someone to choose Premier Health as his or her employer.

“Sinclair Community College is incredibly proud to partner with Premier Health on this innovative initiative that will support and guide individuals through their educational journey and prepare them with the vital skills they need for rewarding careers in healthcare,” said Dr. Steve Johnson, President & CEO – Sinclair Community College. “These relationships are crucial in our efforts to fulfill our mission of finding the need and endeavoring to meet it by providing exceptional education and opportunities for students while meeting the needs of employers.”
Through the Premier Health Sinclair Academy, employees will receive career, personal, and academic support including tuition assistance to complete a certificate or degree program at Sinclair Community College.  Sinclair has dedicated an employee specifically to the Premier Health Sinclair Academy to ensure employees have a smooth transition to their Sinclair program.  

For information on Sinclair’s Health Sciences programs, visit, and for more information on the academy, visit

Implementation planning is ongoing. Rollout of the program for Premier Health employees is slated to begin this fall with a focus on clinical career pathways. In the future, non-clinical pathways, such as billing, accounting, and law enforcement, will possibly be added. For available positions at Premier Health, visit


About Premier Health
Based in Dayton, Ohio, Premier Health ( has a mission to improve the health of the communities it serves. Home to the nation’s 31st largest hospital, the region’s only adult Level I trauma center and the largest locally based clinical laboratory, Premier Health continues to build upon a more than 130-year legacy of providing clinical excellence and compassionate care to friends and neighbors across Southwest Ohio. The health system offers award-winning care at five hospital sites: Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton with additional inpatient sites at Miami Valley Hospital South in Centerville and Miami Valley Hospital North in Englewood; Atrium Medical Center in Middletown; and Upper Valley Medical Center in Miami County. In addition, Premier Health provides a comprehensive range of care choices at its seven emergency departments, eight Urgent Care locations, and more than 130 outpatient locations and affiliated primary care and specialty physician offices, as well as home health, mental health, and substance abuse services.

About Sinclair Community College 
Sinclair College offers more than 300 degree and certificate programs, including specialized and technical areas of study that are in high demand in the Dayton region. Sinclair is recognized as a local and national leader in delivering high-quality and affordable higher education. One of the oldest and best-known community colleges in the nation, Sinclair was founded in 1887 and is a board member of the prestigious League for Innovation in the Community College. To learn more, visit: