October 13, 2009


College Receives Grant for Home Health/Hospice Aide Training Program

Northeast Alabama Community College President Dr. David Campbell recently announced that the college will receive approximately $70,000 of federal recovery funds under the Governor’s Recovery Act Skills Training Program. These funds, which are part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, are administered by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs and the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development.

This grant will provide funding to operate a Home Health/Hospice Aide training program to adult and displaced worker clients in Jackson and DeKalb counties referred through the Alabama Career Center System. This 140 clock-hour-long course of study will allow students to attain Certified Nursing Assistant and Home Health/Hospice Aide certifications in an accelerated 16 week format.

“In awarding grants for the use of recovery funds, state and federal agencies and councils look very closely at the employment trends in regard to jobs that are being created,” stated Dr. David Campbell, NACC President. “All projections show that these are jobs that are in demand and will be so in the future. Not only that, but these are the types of jobs that can provide a real service to people and their families who are dealing with a health-related problem.”

The first of three planned training sessions will begin in late October. Students selected for the program will not only receive their training at no cost to them, but will also receive books, uniforms, and required supplies as part of the program. “Students accepted into this program will receive every opportunity to achieve success,” stated Dr. Mike Kennamer, Director of Workforce Development at NACC.

According to Alabama Occupational Projections 2014, in which Home Health Aides were listed among selected fast-growing occupations—an increase of 56.7% is expected from 2004 to 2014, with average annual job openings of 130 in north Alabama. In the same publication, Personal and Home Care Aides showed an expected growth of 36.3%, and 25 additional openings in the area.

“This program is designed to provide entry into the healthcare field in a relatively short period of time,” stated Dr. Kennamer. “It also provides multiple certifications, helping to make a graduate of this program more marketable than someone with only one certificationHealth Education Building."

For more information about the Home Health/Hospice Aide program at NACC, contact Julie George or phone ext. 214. Because this is a federally-funded program, only those individuals who qualify through the Alabama Career Center System will be accepted into the program. Prospective students must visit their local Career Center office to apply. Alabama Career Centers are located in Scottsboro, Fort Payne, and on the campus of NACC. The Alabama Career Center on the Northeast campus may be reached by telephone at 256-638-2239.

NACC offers many health-related career training opportunities, including associate degree programs in Registered Nursing, Medical Assisting, Emergency Medical Services/Paramedic, and Office Administration/Medical Office Option, and various certificate programs in Practical Nursing, Dental Aide, Diversified Health Occupations, EKG/Cardiovascular, Home Health Hospice Aide, Certified Nursing Assistant, Phlebotomy, Pharmacy Technician, and Patient Care Technician. Through a partnership with Wallace Community College/Hanceville, Northeast also provides associate degree programs in Radiology and Physical Therapy Assistant. These partnership programs may be completed for the most part on the Northeast campus. NACC facilities used for the programs include a teleconference center and a physical therapy laboratory both housed in the college’s Health Education complex.