Offered for the third time around, the Guam Community College continues its free Medical Home Health Aide boot camp.
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The Guam community college looks forward to helping bolster Guam’s allied health care workforce as trainees of the Medical Home Health Aide boot camp prepare to complete the program later this month.
Through the free program,15 individuals earn credentials in OSHA 10 (healthcare), Heartsaver, first aid, CPR, work ethic, and WorkKeys NCRC. Furthermore, those who complete the program have the opportunity to transition into GCC’s Allied Health programs, such as the Associate of Science or certificate in Medical assisting, an associate of science in practical nursing, certified nursing assistant, and emergency medical technician.
Coming off the heels of two previous successful caregiver boot camps, Tishawnna Smith, the Program Coordinator for the GCC Workforce Development program, expanded on the boot camp’s benefits as offered for the third time.
Tishawnna Smith Program Coordinator at GCC stated, “We also link the participants to employers– because, of course, the goal is to get the students employed. So right now, we have two employer sponsors for this boot camp: Catholic Social Services and the Health Care Services of the Pacific.”
According to Smith, caregiving remains one of the most in-demand industries in Guam; thus, a grant from the Guam Economic Development Authority funds the need to provide the program.
Moreover, the program aims to address an additional need brought about by the pandemic- the need for employment opportunities, in tandem with expanding access to education.
Smith added, “GCC is trying to help because of what the pandemic caused. A lot of people lost their jobs; some don’t have any skill sets or want to try to change whatever they can to better their families. So that’s why when we see the demand, and that’s the other reason why we’re trying to operate for free–because not everyone can pay for college or get the credentials they need to change their lifestyle– so GCC is seeing that, and we’re just trying to help our community rebuild itself.”
Tishawnna Smith says that the boot camp will conclude with a completion ceremony following the end of the program, which is on June 23, 2022.
Destiny Cruz, PNC News First.