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Step Up to University Hospitals is back!

Check out Step Up to University Hospitals, the innovative neighborhood jobs pipeline we built in partnership with University Hospitals and Towards Employment. Information sessions are happening now. Positions available in environmental and nutrition services at University Hospitals. 

  • Work in a fast-paced environment that is critical to the care of hospital patients
  • Earn a competitive hourly wage with a local employer that is committed to staff advancement
  • Prepare for the interviews and ensure success on the job with FREE skills development classes
  • Gain a renewed sense of confidence and a network of support to help you succeed


  • Commitment to 2 weeks of unpaid pre-employment classes
  • Motivated to learn new skills and gain employment
  • Already have a high school diploma or GED
  • Tobacco and drug free
  • No criminal backgrounds (with some limited exceptions)
  • Resident of Greater University Circle, which includes Glenville, Hough, Fairfax, Central, Buckeye-Shaker Square, Little Italy, University Circle and the city of East Cleveland

Information Sessions

Choose one of the following information sessions. Please arrive on time.  

  • Tuesday, June 6: At 10 a.m. at East Cleveland Public Library, 14101 Euclid Ave.
  • Thursday, June 8: At 1 p.m. at Hough Library, 1566 Crawford Rd. 
  • Monday, June 12: At 10 a.m. at PNC Fairfax Connection, 8220 Carnegie Ave.
  • Wednesday, June 14: At 10 a.m. at Neighborhood Connections, 5000 Euclid Ave. #310 (inside the Agora. Parking in back off of Prospect.)
  • Tueday, June 20: At 1 p.m. at Khnemu Foundation Lighthouse Center, 966 E. 105th St. 


1. Call 216-696-7311 for more information and to register for session. Be sure to say which session you want to attend if leaving a message.

2. Be prepared to participate in a 2 week unpaid training from 9 a.m. to -3 p.m. Monday through Friday at Towards Employment, 1255 Euclid Avenue, Suite 300, Cleveland, 44115. 

In 2013, a survey of Neighbor Up members found that jobs were one of people's biggest 
concerns. About 30 percent of those surveyed said they could not find a job in their 
neighborhood that paid a living wage. Neighbor Up members began working with 
University Hospitals and Towards Employment to dismantle the wall separating 
Greater University Circle neighbors from good- paying jobs right in the community. 
Step Up to University Hospitals was born. Read more about it here.


  1. lmills

    These are for entry level jobs that don’t require a college degree. Check with Towards Employment to see if there are other programs for college graduates. towardsemployment.org/

  2. latanya burton-mickey

    Is there anything in this program for College Graduates?

  3. lmills

    We don’t have new sessions scheduled yet. Towards Employment is the organization that handles the training and they have other training programs so be sure to check out wwww.towardsemployment.org/

  4. When are the next classes, I currently have a certificate of completion in medical assistant, stna, phlebitomy. Currently work as a home healthaid

  5. Julie Simon

    This current round is for nutrition and environmental services only, but we’ve had rounds for MA and PCA positions, and may offer more in the future.

  6. Julie Simon

    This opportunity is also open to residents of Buckeye-Shaker, Central, Fairfax, Glenville, Hough, Little Italy and University Circle.

  7. Becki

    Is this just in East Cleveland or open to other cities?

  8. Korey Goudlock

    Is this opportunity only for nutrition and environmental services only. Because I’m Searching for 1st shift Jobs only……I am HHA, STNA, AND MA, CPR/FIRST AID trained, I also have training in adult with disabilities from hands training and knowledge that stems from caring for family members with schizophrenia, bipolar, autistic and ADHD behaviors for 11 yrs.

  9. lmills

    What Cleveland neighborhood do you live in? If you live in Buckeye-Shaker, Central, Fairfax, Glenville, Hough, Little Italy or University Circle, this could work for you. If not, then still check out Towards Employment because they have a lot of different jobs programs.

  10. Mileidy

    I live in Cleveland not east Cleveland. I currently have a minimum wage job in downtown. Am i able to participate in the program? Or it it only specifically to thoes who live in east Cleveland?

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