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RLNC is Program’s First Tribal College

Optimum Healthcare IT, a Best in KLAS healthcare IT staffing and consulting services company, announced that Red Lake Nation College (RLNC) has become the fifth higher education institution in the Optimum CareerPath™ program. As the first apprenticeship program focused on Healthcare IT in the United States, the CareerPath program has experienced immense demand over the last 18-months. In 2021, the program graduated 95 students, providing career pathways for graduates into healthcare.

Participants who enter the Optimum CareerPath program will go through an extensive training program that consists of two phases. The first phase is a Digital Health Certification Program, developed in partnership with the College of Healthcare Information Executives (CHIME), where a solid foundation of healthcare and healthcare IT knowledge is formed. Upon completing phase one, students move into phase two for application-specific technical tracks, focusing on specific IT skills and platforms used by healthcare organizations. After training, graduates are assigned to a project to gain practical industry experience and start a rewarding career in Healthcare IT while receiving mentorship from Optimum staff throughout their assignment.

Red Lake Nation College strives to provide graduates and alumni with a variety of career and transfer pathways, said Dan King, President, Red Lake Nation College. Training and apprenticeships in healthcare technology will provide graduates with opportunities to achieve their career goals while experiencing the benefits of remote training.

In the past, the main hiring challenge in the Healthcare IT industry was a skills gap that caused organizations to struggle to fill positions. Over the past 12-months, however, a new challenge has emerged; Hiring in general. With the number of employees leaving for more flexibility, advancement, or salary, the need for diverse, entry-level talent has never been higher. The Optimum CareerPath program provides an alternative to the traditional staffing model that increases diversity and access to the local workforce.

The partnership with RLNC will bolster Optimum CareerPath’s mission to create pathways to rewarding healthcare technology careers for underrepresented groups while providing an untapped source of talent to Optimum’s health plan, provider, and technology clients and provide job opportunities within local tribal communities.

The feedback that we have received from our clients about the Optimum CareerPath program and the program graduates has been outstanding, said Jason Jarrett, CEO of Optimum Healthcare IT. The quality of students that have passed through the program is a testament to our University partnerships. As we plan and recruit for our 2022 classes, I am very excited to welcome Red Lake Nation College, their graduates, and alumni to the Optimum CareerPath program.

For more information on the Optimum CareerPath program, click here.

About Red Lake Nation College
RLNC is a two-year tribal college located on the beautiful shores of Red Lake in Northern Minnesota. Its state-of-the-art facilities, combined with Ojibwe language and culture, and globally-relevant courses, offer a unique combination of Native innovation and tradition that prepares students of all backgrounds for the twenty-first-century job market. RLNC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Visit for more information.

About Optimum Healthcare IT

Optimum Healthcare IT is a Best in KLAS healthcare IT digital transformation and consulting firm based in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. Optimum’s comprehensive service offerings include Enterprise Application Services, Digital Transformation, and Workforce Management, which features our skill development program, Optimum CareerPath®. Backed by a leadership team with extensive expertise, we deliver tailored healthcare consulting solutions to diverse organizations.

Visit or call 1.904.373.0831 to learn how your organization can utilize our solutions.


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