ACHS Chosen as 2016 VET Spotlight Organization

Portland, OR— November 21, 2016—The American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS) has been selected as a 2016 When Work Works VET Spotlight organization. This designation recognizes ACHS’s commitment to creating unique, innovative, and effective accredited, online holistic health programs that support the goals of veterans and their families as they transition to the civilian workforce.

ACHS is one of only 11 VET Spotlight organizations selected and has been featured in a special When Work Works blog highlighting the importance of assisting veterans in their workplace transition and the tremendous benefits of hiring veterans, including discipline, life experiences, cultural exposure, team mentality, and adaptability, among others.

This is the inaugural year of the VET Spotlight (Veteran’s Employment Transition) recognition, which was launched by SHRM and Families and Work Institute.

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“We’re incredibly proud to have been named to the VET Spotlight list,” says Erika Yigzaw, ACHS chief strategy officer. “We are so thankful for the service our veterans and their spouses and families have given and are honored that they have chosen ACHS to support them as they transition into a new life path. There is exciting opportunity in the holistic health and integrative medicine fields for people who clearly exhibit such dedication and passion for their work and communities. If we can help our veterans to meet their long-term goals, whether it’s a personal path to wellness or as a holistic nutrition consultant for their community or as a wellness coach for other veterans, we’re there!”

ACHS was previously honored with a 2016 When Work Works Award for its use of effective workplace strategies to increase business and employee success. This award is part of the national When Work Works project administered by the Families and Work Institute (FWI) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and recognizes employers of all sizes and types in Oregon and across the country.

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About ACHS

Founded in 1978, is an accredited College offering online, on campus and study abroad integrative health education. With undergraduate and graduate degrees, diplomas, certificates, and CEUs in integrative medicine, ACHS makes holistic health and wellness education accessible to a diverse community of learners, including healthcare professionals, military students, stay-at-home parents, and lifelong learners. Specializations include aromatherapy, herbal medicine, holistic nutrition, and wellness. A Certified B Corporation and 2016 Top Green Workplace, ACHS is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Visit

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