A wide variety of health care and IT workforce training opportunities will be available this winter beginning January 22, at North Shore Community College. All programs are tied to regional workforce needs and are made possible through grant funding secured by the college, thus are offered at no or low cost to students.

Community Health Worker: To address community health needs, this program, funded by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, will train incumbent healthcare workers.  The free 80-hour noncredit program has openings for 15-20 students who will focus on developing the core competencies needed for the profession. Classes start on our Lynn campus on January 23rd. Call 978-236-1200 for more information.

Nursing CNA & HISET: NSCC’s Adult Learning Center will offer a free eight-month training and education opportunity for participants to study for their high school equivalency, complete a Certified Nursing Assistant course and earn college credits by the end of the summer. Classes begin January 28 and will be held Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays 9:30 am – 1:30 pm on the college’s Danvers campus. Pre-registration is required. Contact Diane Amelia Read at 978-236-1245 or dread01@northshore.edu no later than January 22, 2019 to schedule an appointment.

Pathway to College: Through a partnership with Wellspring House, clients without high school degrees can take NSCC college courses while studying for the high school equivalency exam. This program, consisting of four courses: Keyboarding and Word processing, Business Communication, Presentation Skills, and Pathway to College will give students the opportunity to gain up to 6 credits toward programs at NSCC such as Office Support, Legal Office Support, or Medical Office Support Certificates or in the Executive Admin, Legal Admin, or Medical Admin degree programs. The courses will take place at Wellspring in Gloucester and will run February 4-June 3, Monday-Thursday 5:30-9 p.m. For more information contact Adam Cutler at 978-281-3558.

Help Desk Support Certificate: Organizations rely on their help desk professionals to keep their business running smoothly. Develop the skills essential to deliver excellent levels of customer service in the service and support desk environment. The Help Desk Support Professional Certificate includes: Service Desk and Support Analyst; CompTIA IT Fundamentals Certification; CyberSafe and CompTIA A+ Certification. This program is funded through a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education and is in partnership with MassHire North Shore Career Centers for those who qualify: Massachusetts resident; have a High School diploma or equivalent; un or under employed; and proof of ability to work in the United States. Programs begin Jan. 22, 2019 and April 2, 2019 and will meet on Tuesday & Thursday from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm and Wednesday from 1 pm to 4 pm. Fourteen slots on our Danvers campus are available for students at no cost. For more information contact: Sandra Efstratiou, sefstratiou@masshire-nscareers.org or 978-825-7209.

Essential Skills for Supervisors, starting April 2, is funded through a Small Business Direct Access grant from the Workforce Training Fund, a program of the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development and administered by Commonwealth Corporation.  This ten-module, 30-hour training for incumbent employees from eligible companies will cover areas  such as time management, effective communications and other critical supervisory skills. Contact Elaine Champagne at 978-236-1206 for more information.

“At NSCC we are committed to working closely with regional businesses and industries, as well as our workforce development partners, to be aware and responsive to area workforce needs. Through our noncredit Corporate and Professional Education Division, we are able to provide lifelong learning opportunities on a spectrum from those with no high school degrees, incumbent workers, career changers as well as management. Our Corporate and Professional Education Division, which includes the Adult Learning Center are really fabulous resources for area residents,” said NSCC President Patricia A. Gentile.

She continued “Many of these programs are noncredit and may lead directly into the workplace, but we are also building pathways to credit education in the hope that more people will seek their associate degree. We are flexible and offer folks many ways to get here. And our leadership with identifying and applying credit for prior learning is of particular value to adult learners and career changers.”

“We are also extremely grateful to the many wonderful funding partners who make many of these programs possible, including the MA Department of Higher Education, Commonwealth Corporation, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, our legislative delegation and private donors,” Gentile added. NSCC won awards based on a competitive grant process for exceptional program design that supports the college mission and workforce needs

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