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Quinsigamond Community College
  • 670 West Boylston Street, Worcester, MA 01606
  • 508-751-7900
  • Vocational Skills Training
Personal Care Aide Homemaker Training
Program activities:

The ABCs for Direct Care Worker Curriculum is grounded in adult learner-centered principles. To enhance the Home Care Aides understanding of his/her roles, responsibilities, and limitations, the curriculum introduces these concepts in the first module: Roles and Responsibilities. Instructional scaffolding, a process used to help the worker develop a deeper understanding, continues to reintroduce the worker’s role, responsibilities, and limitations throughout the entire training; resulting in a deeper, more comprehensive understanding of the important role s/he has in home and community-based care.

Participants in this course receive additional training to qualify for a certificate to be a Personal Care Homemaker (PCHM). Participants who successfully complete this 75-hour course are qualified to work as a PCHM employed by consumers and in a home care agency.

This curriculum is taught in both English and Spanish.

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Program is offered in: English, Spanish
Participant demographics:

Diverse men and women ages 18 and above, from various economic, cultural and educational backgrounds.

Anticipated number of SNAP participants per year: 20
Total hours: 8
Program duration: 8 weeks
Rolling Admission: No
Number of cycles: 2
Program start dates: Fall and Spring.
Sample schedule:
HoursActivity TypeMonTueWedThuFriSatSun
8am - 5pmClassroom
Is the program offered remotely? Possible, but not typical
Is public transportation available? Yes

Location information:

25 Federal Street Worcester, MA 01608This QCC campus location is near transportation hub.
Additional information about location:

Driving directions (from I-290) and parking information:

Program is CORI friendly? No
Anticipated outcomes: Certificate of Completion.
Other outcomes: Employment/Promotion, Industry skills gain

Participant Supports:

Participant Support CategoryAll participantsAs needed
DTA SNAP Child Care Referral
DTA SNAP Transportation Support
Are there any out of pocket expenses for the participant? No
Do participants receive any pay? Not applicable

Contact Information

Program Liaison: Jo Sundin
Telephone: 508-751-7900
Program code: QCC-IH-VT-PCA
ABAWD Qualifying? No