Education Programs & Partnerships

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Providence has deep investments in education and an established commitment to support educators and students in the communities we serve.

This focus on education is a continuation of the work of our founding sisters, who focused on health as well as education when they settled in the Pacific Northwest and California over 175 years ago. It is rooted in our belief that education is an essential component of our vision of Health for a Better World.

We know that disparities in education are intimately linked with health challenges, especially for poor and vulnerable populations.

Our focus on education is also rooted in the broader need for highly trained, compassionate caregivers. In addition to deep partnerships with community organizations, and regional community programs, we operate 12 education organizations including a university, a high school, a nursing school, seven child development centers, a school of radiography, and a medical laboratory science program.

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Work2BeWell is a digital wellness program focused on positively impacting the emotional well-being of teens and promoting mental health.

The program is a direct response to community requested resources after a rise in teen suicides in the Pacific Northwest. Answering the call, Executive Director of OASC Sara Nilles joined forces with Dr. Robin Henderson and other Providence behavioral health specialists to ask teens a pivotal question: How do you want to transform mental health? Their answers became the vision for Work2BeWell.

To learn more, visit the Work2Be2Well website.

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Because Providence recognizes the crucial part that early childhood education and intervention plays in whole family health, we continue to partner with programs that nurture children and their families from the beginning.

Anchorage, AK
Anchorage Center for Child Development

Great Falls, MT
St. Thomas Child and Family Center 

Mount Angel, OR
Providence Benedictine Child Development Center

Portland, OR
Providence Wee Care Child Development Center

Lubbock, TX
Covenant Child Development Center

Seattle, WA
Providence Intergenerational Learning Center

The following centers offer expanded services to the public that are not part of a typical childcare setting:

Santa Monica, CA
Providence St John's Child & Family Development Center - Behavioral Health

 Portland, OR
Swindells Resource Center of Providence Child Center

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Our health system’s unique structure allows us to provide even more education programs. Recognizing that each person’s path is different, Providence’s education ministries include several standalone programs for those who are newly graduated from high school, or who are looking for their next career opportunity.

Options for post-secondary education include a lab school, a nursing school, and a radiography tech program.