HAVERHILL — As the new Tomfohrde executive director of health care pathways at Northern Essex Community College, Marjorie Campbell of Salisbury is already busy connecting students with local employers, according to school officials.

Campbell’s one-year, grant-funded role is designed to map out a comprehensive health care pathway program. The program will provide health care employers with a talented and trained workforce pool while offering opportunities for those workers to continue their education and training.

“Look at it as a big circle,” Campbell said. “You have employers that need certain people to meet their needs, and you have a large community of people who want better jobs.”

Campbell came to Northern Essex from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, where she oversaw the regulation of physicians and nurses and investigated complaints.

She started her career as a registered nurse, working in various settings, from the emergency to home health care. Her journey has inspired her to now help others.

“I realized I have a passion for getting students trained in many health care professions and helping them to keep going with those pathways with employers,” she said.

Campbell said she is eager to build upon the work at Northern Essex to connect students and health care workers with continued career growth.

The health care sector is the largest employer in the Northeast, providing more than 90,000 jobs across the region.

As data from the Northeast Regional Planning Blueprint projects, the sector will continue to grow by approximately 12 percent, adding more than 10,000 jobs through 2022.

Creating fully mapped-out pathways that build upon prior certificates and experience and enable upward mobility for employees can reduce recruiting, hiring and training costs for health care facilities, according to Campbell.

“It’s a commitment to try and make the pathways clear, not repetitive, for students and to make this process easier and to encourage them along their way,” she said.

A third of Northern Essex students are enrolled in one of the college’s 22 associate degree and certificate programs in high-demand health care fields, ranging from nursing to respiratory care to sleep technology.

Most programs are located at the El-Hefni Allied Health & Technology Center on Common Street in Lawrence. The 44,000-square-foot facility features a health education simulation center where health care students receive hands-on experience in simulated environments such as a hospital intensive care unit, a trauma room, an acute care hospital room, an apartment, an ambulance and a doctor’s office.

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