NSCC Receives $75K Rapid Response Grant to Target “Skills Gap”

Grants Require 90-day Response to Local Business/Industry Requests to Train Current, Future Employees
North Shore Community College (NSCC) is one of 10 Massachusetts community colleges which has been awarded the state’s first-ever “Rapid Response” grants to respond to education and workforce training needs within 90 days of a company’s request.

The grant program supports the creation of new opportunities for locally developed, regionally specific jobs and skills training. The campus recipients of Rapid Response grants will work with health care, manufacturing, engineering and clean energy companies, all of whom require training and educational advancement opportunities that reflect specific industry requirements or business challenges.

NSCC will work with Chelsea Jewish Foundation (CJF) on Admiral’s Hill in Chelsea to provide onsite training to 50 new and incumbent workers to meet the steadily growing demand for Nurse Assistants and Home Health Care staff. NSCC will deliver five cohorts of 127.5 hours each, for a total of 637.5 hours. Participants will receive additional support and coaching services to enhance student success. All of the students who complete the course will be encouraged to take the Red Cross test to become licensed as CNAs in Massachusetts.

CJF is a leader in senior care and provides a wide array of services including 24-hour Skilled Nursing Services, Short-term Rehabilitation, Dementia Care and Sub-Acute Care, Long-term care, In-House PT, OT, and Speech-Language Therapy Services, Dietary Services, Spiritual Care Services, Assisted Living Services, Hospice Services, andPersonal Home Care. CJF currently employs over 500 people; more than 200 are skilled Nurse Assistants. The CNA license enables individuals to enter a broad array of healthcare careers and strengthens the workforce by adding skilled workers to the regional economy.

The Foundation has expanded significantly over the past five years, with two additional skilled nursing facilities, a growing hospice and personal care agency and home health care agency. Currently, CJF is experiencing a significant need for skilled healthcare staff and anticipates hiring many of the program completers. Those who complete the training and/or acquire the CNA will be offered interviews at CJF and those not hired will be supported/coached to apply at other facilities. Completion of this program will connect the students to a broad range of health and human service credit certificates and degrees at North Shore Community College. In effect, this will help many students in pursuing further educational and career opportunities.

Specifically the grant will allow for NSCC to conduct 5 sessions of 10 students each; the first session begins in June 2013 and the last session starts in March 2014. Training will also include support of placement activities for students who complete training, job interviews and referrals for those not placed at CJF.

Dr. Dianne Palter Gill, NSCC Dean of Corporate and Community Education, said, “We were looking for partners on this grant who needed immediate training and who we hadn’t worked with before. We are delighted that we will be able to work with CJF to provide free-of-charge training to those eligible for high demand jobs in the health care arena.”

Adam Berman, Chelsea Jewish Foundation COO, noted, “The Chelsea Jewish Foundation is proud to partner with North Shore Community College. We are excited to offer this program in support of our own workforce as well as to provide a path for future educational opportunities through NSCC. NSCC possesses an excellent reputation as a first-rate institution. We are very much looking forward to working together.”

If your company would like to provide similar training through Workforce Training funding, please contact Dr. Palter Gill at (978) 236-1200 x1225 or dpalterg@northshore.edu.

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