Foundation of C.A.R.E. Bootcamp: Long-Term Health Care Training

Health Care Opportunity

Washtenaw Community College (WCC) has partnered with local employers and talent development groups to develop an accelerated two-week, long-term health care training – at low-to-no cost. Learn the skills needed to succeed in direct patient care, no matter your experience.

This job can launch your journey into the growing in-demand healthcare field.

Training includes:

  • CPR certification
  • Patient care
  • Essential soft skills
  • Four continuing education credits at WCC

Complete the class and get PAID on-the-job training with a local health care employer, and the opportunity to get hired on the spot.

Please note that eligible candidates will undergo a career-focused assessment. Support services and tutoring will be available throughout the program.

Questions? Contact [email protected]

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Frequently Asked Questions

The first step is for you to interview with prospective employers to gauge your fit for the program and to be a long-term care employee. You will be contacted once you sign up for the program.

No. The program is free. It is paid for by Michigan Works and the employers in the program.

No. You must attend the entire training.

Training times are Monday through Friday 3.5 hour sessions.  Training will include CPR/First Aid certification during the two week course to be held on the campus of Washtenaw Community College.

In-person unless otherwise specified.

The initial interview will help us to determine the best fit for you. At the end of the interview, you will state your preference. If it is felt you are a good candidate for this program, you will be informed which employer you will complete your on-the-job training if appropriate after the two-week online class.

And of course, do your research! There are many avenues to help you understand working in private home care and assisted living communities including blogs, YouTube videos and several online forums.

No, there is no payment during the class. However, it does not cost you anything.

Yes, you’ll get paid on an hourly basis by the employer and possibly hired at that point.

You must complete the course training and the on the job training with the initial employer of choice.  After that, a request can be made to transfer employers; however, depending on the need of all employers, this request may or may not be granted.

The program is a minimum of 4 weeks, which includes two weeks of class room training and a minimum of two weeks on-the-job training. However, since the on-the-job training is partially being paid for by MichiganWorks!, each applicant will have their own contract. As a result, there is some flexibility in how long the on-the-job training will be for each individual, but it must be full time (30 hours or greater).

You could potentially begin basic care for the people in the two week on-the-job training depending on comfort level, but all of the employer's primary goal is to have all candidates shadow for the intial two weeks. After that, you will start caring for people on your own, depending on your skills. Of course, you’ll be supported during the entirety of the training period.

  • Transition people as quickly as possible to employment in a healthcare setting
  • Help the potential employee be successful and marketable in their job search
  • Match the potential employee with a provider in the workforce consortium
  • Begin the process of learning the soft skills necessary to succeed in the healthcare workforce
  • Learn the basic job skills to be successful in the healthcare workforce
  • Help potential employees recognize available social services and resources
  • Provide CPR training and certification

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