Erie County Community College (EC3) has hired its Program Director of Allied Health Programs, Bailey Shafer.

Shafer is tasked with overseeing the development and operation of EC3’s Allied Health programs. “I’m very excited to be joining EC3 in its efforts to provide Erie County with affordable healthcare programs,” says Shafer. “The opportunity to build this program from the ground up is an amazing opportunity and I am thrilled to be a part of it.”

EC3 has been working with healthcare providers such as UPMC, Allegheny Health Network, LECOM, and others to identify the areas of greatest need as the college begins to build the pipeline that will prepare Erie County residents to fill the talent gap in our health care system.

“This is a great example of the role EC3 will play in preparing people for life-sustaining careers in our region while assisting local employers find the talented workforce they need to thrive in our community,” Dr. Stuart Blacklaw, Dean of Academics. The college plans to build programs in high demand occupations to meet the workforce needs of the healthcare providers and EC3 graduates will find fulfilling careers meeting the healthcare needs of our community.

In her previous role, Bailey served as the nurse aide training coordinator at LECOM (Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine). She has been a nurse for over 15 years and has been in healthcare education since 2017. Bailey earned her LPN from Mercyhurst North East, RN from Penn State and is currently pursuing her MSN, set to be finished at the end of February.