Program Prepares Area Residents for Entry-Level Positions in Housekeeping and Food Service at UPMC Hospitals

 UPMC in Central Pa. and HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, are partnering to help area residents find rewarding careers in hospital housekeeping and food service in only eight weeks. 
“This is a convenient way for someone without a degree or experience to get started on a great career path," said Lou Baverso, chief operating officer, UPMC in Central Pa. "Housekeeping and Food Services are important and valued departments, and their teams contribute greatly to patient care." 
The Environmental and Food Service Associate Training Program provides essential work skills and on-the-job training to students, with no prior experience needed. In addition, students are paid for their work in the second half of the program during the on-the-job training portion. 
The training prepares students for positions in housekeeping, food service, cleaning and more at UPMC hospitals throughout central Pennsylvania. 
The program starts with four weeks of HACC’s STEP Academy, a career-readiness training program that includes effective communication, conflict resolution and customer service. Thanks to funding from UPMC, enrollment in the STEP Academy as part of the Environmental and Food Service Associate Training Program is free for participants. Completion of the STEP Academy will be followed by four weeks of Environmental and Food Services on-the-job training with pay at UPMC Harrisburg, where students learn food safety, food preparation and housekeeping duties. 
“HACC is proud to once again partner with UPMC to provide short-term training for needed entry-level jobs in the growing health care industry. This opportunity provides graduates a pathway to careers in health services and addresses an important need in our communities,” said Vic Rodgers, HACC vice president of workforce development and continuing education.  
Upon successful completion of the program and meeting all work requirements, graduates have their choice of job openings in UPMC’s housekeeping or food services areas in any of its central Pennsylvania hospitals. These are full-time positions with benefits, including health insurance and paid time off. 
Classes start Monday, June 6. Interested students must enroll by Friday, May 27, and attend a mandatory new student orientation on Friday, June 3. To enroll or find out more, please visit, call 717-736-4214 or email
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About UPMC 
A $24 billion health care provider and insurer, Pittsburgh-based UPMC is inventing new models of patient-centered, cost-effective, accountable care. The largest nongovernmental employer in Pennsylvania, UPMC integrates more than 92,000 employees, 40 hospitals, 800 doctors’ offices and outpatient sites, and a 4.1 million-member Insurance Services Division, the largest medical insurer in western Pennsylvania. In the most recent fiscal year, UPMC contributed $1.7 billion in benefits to its communities, including more care to the region’s most vulnerable citizens than any other health care institution, and paid more than $900 million in federal, state, and local taxes. Working in close collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences, UPMC shares its clinical, managerial, and technological skills worldwide through its innovation and commercialization arm, UPMC Enterprises, and through UPMC International. U.S. News consistently ranks UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside among the nation’s best hospitals in many specialties and ranks UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh on its Honor Roll of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals. For more information, go to 
About HACC 
HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, is the first and largest of Pennsylvania’s 15 community colleges. HACC offers approximately 100 career and transfer associate degree, certificate and diploma programs to approximately 14,023 students. Also, the College serves students at its Gettysburg, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Lebanon and York campuses; through virtual learning; and via workforce development and continuing education training. For more information on how HACC is uniquely YOURS, visit Also, follow us on Twitter (@HACC_info), follow us on Instagram (@HACC_edu), like us on Facebook ( and use #HACCNews.


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