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Student Spotlight: Kathleen Jones, Personal Care Aide Program

17 August in News, Student Success Stories

Kathleen Jones' journey is the epitome of upward mobility. Within 2 months, she went from being a Personal Care Aide (PCA) student at HBAS to recruiting and hiring HBAS students for a local PCA agency. HBAS interviewed Ms. Jones to find out how she got there. Looking for a New Career After 20 years in the mortgage industry, Kathleen left her job and took some time off. "I was taking care of a family relative who was at home and disabled," she said. "I decided I really liked that type of work and wanted to look into a career in caregiving." Kathleen found our Personal Care Aide class when she received an HBAS catalog in the mail. [caption id="attachment_26878" align="alignleft" width="300"] Kathleen, furthest to right, learning and having fun with her PCA classmates. [/caption] Becoming a Personal Care Aide In October 2016, Kathleen became a student in the very first PCA class at HBAS. She was thrilled with the PCA class, and especially the instructor, Alan Bell. Kathleen described Alan as a "hands-on and visual teacher. It was a very fun and interactive environment. We learned so much in such a short period of time." Hired on the Spot When nearing the end of the 2-month PCA course, HBAS Job Developer Arlene Flores visited Kathleen's class. "Arlene came to offer help with our resumes and practicing job interviews," Kathleen said. "She then arranged for a couple of home care companies to interview us. Even after class ended, Arlene continued to send us job leads." In December 2016, Kathleen finished the PCA course and was hired by Canaan Home Care. She was immediately grateful for her training, realizing that she entered the field with far more preparation than the average applicant. [caption id="attachment_26903" align="alignright" width="300"] Kathleen attends the HBAS 2017 Community Advisory Committee Meeting - as a business partner! She is to the left of her PCA teacher, Alan, who is standing in the photo.[/caption] Moving on up Within 2 months, Kathleen secured a promotion at her new job. Katie explained, "when a position of Case Coordinator became available, I asked if I could apply. I had administrative experience. I was hired for the position in February 2017." Kathleen hires and supports caregivers, manages cases and makes client visits. Her experience has truly come full circle, as she now coordinates with Arlene to interview and hire PCA students from very program she just completed! As a recruiter of personal care aides, Kathleen has a unique perspective on the value of the PCA Program at HBAS. With 80 hours of high quality training, our students are among the most qualified and prepared candidates she comes across. Katie asserted, "if HBAS students are qualified and interview well, we'll be hiring them....

Career Pathway: Personal Care Aide

22 September in News

Class Starts: Monday, October 3rd @ 3:30pm Westminster High School Campus – Room A1 – 14325 Goldenwest Street Instructor: Alan Bell  This fall, HBAS is offering a Personal Care Aide training course. Personal care aides give assistance to people who are sick, injured, mentally or physically disabled, or elderly and fragile.  As the baby boomer generation reaches retirement age, the demand for personal care aides is growing rapidly. How high is the demand locally?  HBAS Jobs Developer Arlene Flores has already made connections with three home health providers who are “really excited about our program.”  In fact, these companies are ready and waiting to hire our Personal Care Aide students! Connecting students to jobs and further education is a key goal for our school.  While open to everyone, the Personal Care Aide Course is designed as a pathway to employment for our higher level ESL students. To best prepare our level 3-4 ESL students, HBAS is pairing the Personal Care Aide course with a specialized ESL course. This course is also a great first step (and resume builder) for students interested in the health care field.  Students may start in Personal Care, and then decide to continue their training to become a medical assistant, pharmacy technician or nurse. We are excited to offer this new pathway to our students…especially when there is a job at the other end.  Enroll today!  Personal Care Aide Class  - Class Schedule: Oct. 3 – Dec 15th, Mon-Thurs, 3:30pm-5:30pm   - Early Bird Price: $389 (by Sept 26th)   - Regular Price: $419 (after Sept 26) Please contact Instructor Alan Bell with any questions: abell@hbas.edu.   Briana Madden is a teacher and “field reporter” for the HB Adult School.  She meets with staff and students to learn about the programs offered and share stories and new opportunities with the community. ...