Participants in IU Health’s Mosaic Center for Work, Life and Learning have gained another important resource thanks to a $192,000 grant from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust. The grant will allow the Mosaic Center to hire a Career Pathways Navigator to help steer Mosaic Center clients along career pathways.
The Mosaic Center, funded in 2021 by a grant of $8 million from Lilly Endowment Inc., offers a “mosaic” of individualized and intensive services to help individuals chart paths to meaningful careers at IU Health, other healthcare settings, or beyond the healthcare field. Career Coaches work one-on-one with Mosaic Center clients, including under- and unemployed individuals, entry-level IU Health employees, independent former foster care youth ages 18-26, and Crispus Attucks High School students in the IU Health Fellowship program.
In the lead-up to opening the Mosaic Center, however, it became clear that Career Coaches could not be content experts for every possible career pathway and advise Mosaic Center participants at the same time. So the Career Pathways Navigator will map out every twist and turn toward a targeted career, including solutions provided by partners and other resources, and provide answers to Career Coaches’ questions.
“Mosaic Center participants come to us at all stages of a career journey with a variety of needs,” said IU Health Foundation Grants Director Cassandra Tice. “This grant from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust ensures that we have an expert in place who understands all the options and can answer all the questions a client may have for their Career Coach.”
The grant is for two years, at which point the Mosaic Center will determine if the Career Pathways Navigator should become a permanent position or if the pathways mapped during the grant period are established enough that a full-time position is no longer needed.
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