Looking for a career in healthcare?

Do you live in Cleveland or East Cleveland?

Check out Step Up to University Hospitals, the neighborhood jobs pipeline that connects Cleveland and East Cleveland residents with jobs at University Hospitals. Positions available in environmental and nutrition services.

Join us at one of the following information sessions for details. Please arrive on time.

  • Thursday August 1| 10:30 AM |South Branch of Cleveland Public Library, 3096 Scranton Rd.
  • Thursday August 1 | 2 PM | Towards Employment, 1255 Euclid Ave., Suite 300
  • Friday August 2 | 1 PM | Langston Hughes branch, Cleveland Public Library, 10200 Superior Ave.
  • Monday August 5 | 10:30 AM |Rice Branch, Cleveland Public Library, 11535 Shaker Blvd.
  • Monday August 5 | 5:30 PM | Neighborhood Connections, 5000 Euclid Ave., Suite 310


  • Commitment to 2 weeks of unpaid career readiness classes
  • Already have a high school diploma or GED
  • Tobacco and drug free
  • Criminal backgrounds accepted on case-by-case basis
  • 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


Call 216-696-7311 to register for a session. Be sure to say you want to Step Up to UH. 

Hear from Amanda Harris, a Step Up to UH graduate, in this episode of “Neighbor Up Spotlight.” 


Working for economic justice

A few times every year you receive emails, calls and texts from us urging you to attend or spread the word about Step Up to UH. It’s an employment program to connect residents of Cleveland and East Cleveland with entry-level jobs at University Hospitals, one of our state’s largest employers. We’re not in the employment business, we’re about connecting people and building power to make change in our neighborhoods. So why are we so excited about Step Up to UH?

The answer is simple: Step Up is economic justice.

Economic justice is a element of social justice. The ultimate goal is for each person to be able to live a dignified, productive, and creative life.

The idea of economic justice kept coming up in conversations at Neighbor Up Nights in recent years, and people were frustrated. Large hospital systems and other institutions in our city were investing millions of dollars in buildings and expansion, but local neighborhood residents couldn’t get hired for entry-level jobs there – jobs with health benefits and the opportunity to advance, jobs that could help a person build a career and wealth for themselves and their family, jobs that could lift someone out of poverty.

A group of about 15 Neighbor Up members set out to make change, to create an on-ramp to help themselves and their neighbors get jobs within those doors. They connected with people working at institutions and nonprofits who were brave enough to take on the work and create something new. They found folks at Towards Employment, a nonprofit that helps people find jobs, and University Hospitals. University Hospitals had high turnover in entry-level positions and people there were interested in working on the project to see if they could lower that rate.

The group studied examples of neighborhood jobs pipelines in other cities and then created an easy on-ramp for neighborhood residents looking for entry-level work. The end result? The launch of Step Up to UH. The entry-level jobs offer: health benefits; ongoing employee support; a living wage; and room to advance and build a career at the hospital.

So far more than 175 people have been hired through Step Up and almost 80% stay in the job for a year allowing them to move up at the hospital system into high-paying positions.

And that’s why we get excited about Step Up to UH.

It shows that residents and local institutions can work together to make change when brought together in a well-designed space that values all voices and helps to build trust. And that’s what our work is all about: relationships, trust, justice. Neighbor Up!

If you’re looking to launch a career in healthcare, click here for details about upcoming Step Up to UH information sessions.

Hear from Amanda Harris, a Step Up to UH graduate, in 
this episode of  the podcast "Neighbor Up Spotlight."

Resources for entrepreneurs

Are you looking for employment or job training or help starting or growing your small business? Neighbor Up can help. Members are working to build wealth for residents in Greater University Circle so the area can be a place where everyone can thrive.

We have a wealth of information on vocational training, and anything you might need to know in order to choose a career and know how to pursue it. Visit us at https://www.vocationaltraininghq.com/, you’ll find the info you need there.

Here is a sampling of area resources for financial empowerment. Join us at a Neighbor Up gathering to learn more.

Entrepreneurs & Small Business Owners

Bad Girl Ventures

BGV enables bold women to start and sustain well-managed and profitable businesses through business education classes, guidance from mentors and coaches, and access to debt capital.


Through JumpStart’s Core City: Cleveland program, entrepreneurs and small business owners who live or own a business in an underserved area of Cleveland can work with JumpStart’s team of experts. Call or email to make an appointment during our weekly office hours.

ECDI Cleveland

ECDI provides training and small business loans to entrepreneurs and small business owners.

Operation HOPE: HOPE Inside Cleveland

HOPE Inside Cleveland provides complimentary financial education and empowerment programs and services that are designed to improve the economic quality of life of individuals, families and businesses. Programs focus on small business workshops, an entrepreneurial training program and individual financial counseling.

Employment, Training & Financial Literacy

Community Financial Centers

CFC is a network of professionally-trained managers dedicated to financial empowerment. We help clients improve personal finances and execute short- and long-term plans. The program includes personal financial planning, tax preparation and budget management.

Evergreen Cooperatives

Evergreen focuses on creating wealth by employing individuals in Greater University Circle neighborhoods at one of its cooperative businesses located in Glenville and Central.

NewBridge Cleveland Center for Arts & Technology

NewBridge prepares adults for good-paying jobs in the health industry. Training is offered at no cost to students, and includes instruction to become a Pharmacy Technician, Phlebotomist or Patient Care Technician. Also offered is a free, afterschool artsbased program for 9th to 12th graders with courses in ceramics, music production, graphic design and more.


Ohio Means Jobs | Cleveland-Cuyahoga County offers employment services including job search, placement assistance and resume development.

PNC Fairfax Connection

The PNC Fairfax Connection is a free community resource center designed to strengthen and connect the community by empowering area residents and businesses to achieve their goals and celebrate the community’s rich history and heritage. Daily workshops focus on financial empowerment, literacy, job readiness and youth and family engagement. Visit the center at East 83rd and Carnegie Avenue.

Step Up to University Hospitals

Get a full-time job at University Hospitals. Earn a competitive hourly wage. Applicants must be a resident of Greater University Circle, commit to 2 ½ weeks of unpaid pre-employment classes, and already have a high school diploma or GED.

Talent NEO

TalentNEO aims to expand employment opportunities for job seekers who have the required skills but lack the educational credentials or experience traditionally used to screen job applicants.

Towards Employment

Towards Employment offers a full range of career pathway programming for un and under-employed neighborhood residents. Specialized services for those with criminal justice involvement, young adults, and parents of young children available. Access to GED prep, job readiness, scholarships for credentialed training, placement and post employment coaching. Partner on Step Up to UH.

Urban League of Greater Cleveland

The Urban League of Greater Cleveland offers a variety of programs that train young job seekers and help them attain job-ready skills and employment.

Welcome to Fairfax

Fairfax Renaissance Development Corporation offers the “Welcome to Fairfax Program” a workforce development partnership with the Cleveland Clinic and other employers to recruit residents from Fairfax & surroundings communities for employment.