Education That Works

Applications accepted in the spring of 2022.

“I am so thankful to have been chosen to be a part of this program.”
Manny Bendana, Sr. HR Associate, HR Service Center – 5 years at Atrium Health 

“I’ve always wanted to go to college, but I was unable. The Education that Works program has changed my whole life. With this opportunity I can achieve my goal of a career in Information Technology. This is an amazing opportunity that Atrium Health provides. If you can sign up, do it. You won’t regret it.“


The Atrium Health Education That Works (ETW) Program provides teammates with a path to earn a healthcare-related, Associate degree (a degree related to an Atrium Health position) with pre-paid tuition, books and fees up to $5,250 per year (three-year maximum).

Participating regional colleges are:  

  1. Cabarrus College of Health Sciences 
  2. Carolinas College of Health Sciences
  3. Central Piedmont Community College
  4. Gaston College
  5. Rowan-Cabarrus Community College
  6. South Piedmont Community College 
  7. Stanly Community College 

Participants will be expected to earn their associate degree within three years or less. Upon graduation, participants will be expected to work at Atrium Health for at least one year.

Education That Works (ETW) Eligibility Requirement

Atrium Health teammates must meet the following criteria to apply:

  • Have a high school diploma, GED, HISET or high school equivalency diploma 
  • Do not currently hold a college degree
  • Employed with Atrium Health for at least one year prior to completion of the ETW application
  • An overall score of meets expectations or above on the most recent annual Performance Review  
  • Annual income of $45,000 or less
  • Enroll in at least six credit hours each semester, until completion of degree (some exceptions will be considered)

Before you apply 

Please be sure you are able commit to enroll and attend classes and consider your current work schedule. Returning to school while working is rewarding, but also involves sacrifice. Most participating colleges offer online classes. The ability to participate in virtual and online learning and self-leadership skills will be extremely important for students’ success. 

Please apply only if you are certain you can maintain your current work schedule and continuous enrollment for fall and spring semesters. 

The Workforce Development team will offer Career Coaching and other supportive services to selected participants to support their success in this program. 

How to Apply

  •  Applications will be available in the spring of 2022