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Free College-Credit Courses in East
Boston: Become a Certified Nursing Assistant!
October 6, 2011, EAST BOSTON, MA—At a time when many East Boston
residents are in need of relief from unemployment and lack of
opportunity, a new program offers young Boston residents free
certification and meaningful career growth.
Through a grant from the Mayor's Office of Jobs and Community
Services, the Education and Training Institute of the East Boston
Neighborhood Health Center (EBNHC) is proud to announce a program to
train young people to become certified nursing assistants (CNAs).
The project is a collaboration between EBNHC, Maverick Landing
Community Services, and Bunker Hill Community College.
The free program begins in November with three college-credit
courses. In January, students will begin three preparatory courses
needed to take the state exam to become a certified nursing
assistant. Other features of the grant include: tutoring, a monthly
stipend, case-management support, and a T-Pass for the spring
To qualify for this exceptional opportunity, a student must be
between the ages 17 and 21, have earned a high school diploma or GED,
live in East Boston or any other neighborhood of the City of Boston,
and have an interest in health care.
"This grant from the Mayor’s Office enables EBNHC to support members
of the East Boston community in a new and exciting way,” said EBNHC
CEO Jack Cradock. "In addition to providing healthcare to young East
Boston residents, EBNHC is facilitating their access to the
education they need to become new members of the healthcare provider
community. This is a fabulous opportunity on many levels.”
Maverick Landing Community Services supports the East Boston area
through social services, such as job training, job placement
assistance, and education. Jude James, Executive Director, is
pleased to be able to offer her clients this new CNA program, and
looks forward to supporting their completion of CNA coursework.
"The staff of Maverick Landing is committed to ensuring the success
of program participants by providing case management services.
Whether a young person needs access to food stamps, mental health
counseling, tutoring, health care, childcare, or some other service,
our role is to work with each participant on an ongoing basis to
identify potential barriers to academic success early in the
process. By doing so we hope to problem-solve with participants so
that by next spring they can look back and say ‘I did it.’”
Interested candidates may call the EBNHC Education and Training
Institute at 617-568-6444 and speak to Joanna or Jeanne, or e-mail
Education and Training Institute
East Boston Neighborhood Health Center