Guam – GCC and the Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services teamed up in 2012 to facilitate Project HATSA, a federal grant program designed to provide clients enrolled in Public Health’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program with skills they can use to become gainfully employed.
“My main goal is to be self sufficient – to get off of public assistance.”
Laticia Santos is a 30-year-old single mom to three young boys. Through Project HATSA (Helping Achieve TANF Success through Actions), she has already earned her GED®, and today, she was one of 28 people who signed up to take the Certified Nurse Assistant course at Guam Community College.
[Laticia Santos and Tina Erickson attend the GCC/DPHSS Project HATSA Certified Nurse Assistant course orientation at GCC on March 28. The two are among 28 TANF recipients looking to acquire the skills and training necessary to start careers in the medical field.]
The first two cycles of Project HATSA trained 25 TANF recipients with skills in the construction trades industry, and this third cycle offers clients the opportunity to learn the skills needed to function professionally and competently under the supervision of a licensed practical nurse, a registered nurse, or a medical doctor, in home or community health settings, hospitals, clinics, private medical offices, or mental health facilities. The GCC CNA course includes 180 contact hours and will provide clients with the knowledge and skills required to pass the National Nurse Aide Licensing Exam, which will then lead to a career as a Certified Nurse Assistant.
[Full house: 28 people attended the GCC/DPHSS Project HATSA orientation for the GCC Certified Nurse Assistant course on Thursday, March 28. Project HATSA helps TANF recipients to acquire the education and skills necessary to become successfully employed.]
“My three kids are my motivation,” explained Santos. “I think about their future and I need to support them. I also think I have the compassion for this profession,” she said, explaining that it is a great opportunity.
“We’re seeing more and more success with this program,” said Victor Rodgers, GCC Assistant Director of Continuing Education & Workforce Development. “TANF clients are acquiring the education and skills they need to become gainfully employed and on their way to successful careers, and getting an opportunity for self-sufficiency without public assistance. It’s a winning combination for everyone involved.”
For more information about the education and training opportunities available through Project HATSA, call GCC’s Continuing Education & Workforce Development Office at 735-5574.