Personal Care Attendant program at NECC

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An information session for individuals interested in becoming personal care attendants (PCAs) for the elderly and disabled will be offered Wednesday, September 14, from 10 to 11 a.m. at NECC Riverwalk, 360 Merrimack St., Lawrence. This is a noncredit, PCA Fundamentals Program offered at Northern Essex Community College.

The 28-hour, eight-day PCA program will be offered September 26 through October 14, (no class October 10) Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. This program trains individuals in direct care skills used to help the elderly and disabled populations live independently.

It is strongly recommended that individuals who are interested in enrolling in the program attend this information session.  Preregistration for this information session is not required.

This program is ideal for those interested in learning the basic skills and knowledge to enter this in-demand, fast growing field which also serves as a gateway to other health care professions. The current pay for PCAs is $14.12 an hour and work can be part time or full time.

The PCA program reviews the roles and responsibilities of the PCA, consumer rights, confidentiality and ethics, communication, best practices for infection control and reducing worker injury, basic first aid and CPR, life skills, resume writing and interview preparation.

Interested individuals must be eligible to work in the United States to enroll.  Participants must attend all training days.  For additional information please contact Dianne (Dee) Lahaye at dlahaye@necc.mass.edu or 978-659-1222.

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