CCV has partnered with the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties to train Personal Care Attendants (PCA) to fill 150 new positions created through funding provided by a $93,500 grant from the Department of Labor and Workforce Education and Training Fund. The PCA Career Ladders program incorporates components of CCV’s Governor’s Career Ready certificate (GCRC), and is administered by the Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties.
“GCRC helps to prepare participants with the skills required to be successful as they begin the Personal Care Assistant program, and as they begin their careers in healthcare,” said CCV’s Workforce Education Director Tiffany Keune. “The part- nership between these two programs is invaluable. The CCV portion of the program boosts overall career ready skills, and the VNA’s PCA portion of the program builds on those skills with the specific knowledge needed to be a successful PCA.”
PCAs travel to patients homes to help with both medical care and independent living assistance. Positions range from entry level (basic care like hygiene and meals), to a level 3 PCA (providing care for patients with medical issues or traumatic brain injuries). People trained to be PCAs are positioned to move into nursing or physical therapy and comprise the largest paraprofessional workgroup at the VNA (but have the highest vacant position rate). The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 70 percent increase in demand for PCA’s by 2020. Forty-one students went through the career readiness section of the program this summer, and forty have been hired.