College Uses Grant Funds to Expand, Improve Home Care Training Programs
A Massachusetts community college is using a new grant to fund a program specific to instruction for home care aides.
The grant is being used by Greenfield Community College to educate not college-age students, but those in their 50s under one of 100 grants earmarked for training 10,000 baby boomers in new jobs under the American Association of Community Colleges.
The decision to focus on home care has to do with demand, writes local news outlet The Recorder.
“Adults over 50 are a growing population in our region,” GCC President Robert Pura told The Recorder. “Aligning their employment training opportunities with area employer work force gaps aligns with our college mission to serve the diverse educational needs of this community.”
The grant totals $15,000 and will be used to improve an existing program that trains home care aides in assisting those who need care help with activities or daily living and home management.
The course will cost $600 per student, Robert Barba, dean of community education for GCC told The Recorder. The course will be 60-hours in total.
Written by Elizabeth Ecker