The main components of the program are content and skills training necessary to pass the Massachusetts certification test to become a certified nursing assistant (CNA) through the Red Cross or home health aide through the MA Home Care Aide Council test. Job readiness, resume writing, customer service, dementia, critical thinking, job opportunities, CPR and classes in nutrition, are also included.
The program includes on-line job searches, a job fair, 4 days of clinical at a long-term care center and 4 days of job shadowing, at an elder day health care center, assisted living, or group home. In addition, there is a component of computerized national adult basic education called WorkKeys Curriculum, to improve both job readiness and ability to be hired. Candidates must pass exams called WorkKeys to receive n ACT National Work readiness certificate, correlated to the O'Net job description for CNAs.
A health exam, flu shot and clean CORI required as well as a middle school English reading and math level. Tuition is
$650 with most of the cost of the program subsidized. Partial scholarships are available for parents of Lawrence Public School students.