HATHORNE – Essex Tech has received a state grant to support its Health Assisting program offerings.
The Skills Capital Grant of $150,000 will expand opportunities for daytime students, and allow Essex Tech to add a health-care option for adults in the NightHawks Adult Education Program, which serves adult learners and those who are unemployed or underemployed adults. The grant will also support the expansion of the current After Dark Partnership Program to include Health Assisting as an additional option for students from partnering districts.
Students will have the opportunity to earn their Certified Nursing Assistant, First Aid, CPR, Dementia Care, Home Health Aide, and OSHA 10 certifications, positioning them to obtain employment in high-demand fields upon graduation.
Skills Capital Grants are awarded to educational institutions that showcase their partnerships with local businesses, and whose curriculum and credentials seek to meet the demand of growing industries in the Commonwealth.
Through its Skills Capital Grants, the Baker-Polito Administration has worked to increase the number of students enrolled in programs where they can learn and train for occupations in high-demand careers. More than 300 educational programs have received financial support from the Skills Capital grant initiative, which has awarded approximately $92 million and is overseen by Gov. Baker’s Workforce Skills.
“The Baker-Polito Administration has been a consistent supporter of both career technical education and of Essex Tech,” Superintendent Heidi Riccio said. “Once again we are grateful for that support, and for ensuring our students will be career-ready upon graduation.”