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Adult and Community Learning Services (ACLS)

Cambridge Community Learning Center (CLC)

Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education Pilot

Program Name:
Cambridge Community Learning Center (CLC)
Type of Organization:
Community-Based Organization
CVTE Partner:
The Rindge School of Technical Arts (RSTA)
Postsecondary Partner:
The Academy of Health Care Training (The Academy)
Employer Partners:
Sunrise of Arlington, Sunrise of Lexington, Spaulding Rehabilitation Network
Level:
SPL 5 or higher
Credential(s):
Home Health Aid (HHA), Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
Occupational Cluster:
Occupation:
Program Description:
The CLC provides contextualized ESOL and math instruction and The Academy provides HHA and CNA instruction. CLC coordinates with the ESOL and training instructors to integrate the curriculum into weekly lessons. The Academy instructors are Department of Public Health and Division of Professional Licensure approved to deliver HHA/CNA instruction. The RSTA provides the training space, and their faculty share curriculum and other resources. Communication instruction includes giving directions, asking for clarification, communication at the workplace, and relating incidents and observations. Students learn medical terminology and basic writing (reports, forms, and charts). Math instruction includes arithmetic, measuring temperature and recording time, and metric conversions. In the training component, students learn basic patient care, bathing, dressing/undressing, safe transfers, vital signs, diet, infection control, and respecting patients' rights. Civics education lessons include levels of government and citizenship. A Cambridge Employment Program job developer cultivates existing and develops new relationships with health care employers and provides student employment assistance to students. Clinical hours are done at employer partner facilities.

Program Design:
Weeks 1-11MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursday
5:00 PM - 7:00 PMESOLCNA/HHAESOLESOL
7:00 PM - 9:00 PMJob Readiness /ComputersCNA/HHAMathCNA/HHA

Weeks 12-17MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursday
5:00 PM - 7:00 PMESOLCNA/HHAESOLCNA/HHA
7:00 PM - 9:00 PMJob Readiness /ComputersCNA/HHAMathCNA/HHA

Weeks 17-19SaturdaySunday
7:00 AM - 3:00 PMClinicalClinical

The initial 11 weeks of instruction will include three weekly ESOL classes. The number of ESOL classes will be reduced in weeks 12-17, and the occupational training hours will increase accordingly. The course will conclude with three weekends of clinical work in a healthcare facility, supervised by The Academy.

Schedule:
19 weeks, 16 hours per week, 304 total hours.
Program Contact:
Maria Kefallinou, 617-349-6358, mkefallinou@cambridgema.gov


Last Updated: November 21, 2016
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