County College of Morris (CCM) recently learned that it will be receiving a fifth year of funding through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to provide qualified low-income individuals with free educational opportunities and support services to pursue a career in health care.
Known as the Northern New Jersey Health Professions Pathway, the program offers free tuition to qualified individuals in 12 healthcare fields: Certified Home Health Aide, Certified Nursing Assistant, Certified Medication Aide, Certified Medical Billing and Coding Specialist, Emergency Medical Technician, Clinical Medical Assistant, Phlebotomy Technician, EKG Technician, Certified Assisted Living Administrator, Pharmacy Technician, Dental Radiographic Technician and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor.
More than 300 people have completed training through CCM’s program over the last four years.
“I am now in a career that I sincerely love,” says Samantha LaSalandra, who found employment at Franciscan Oaks Long-Term Care Center shortly after she completed the Certified Nursing Assistant program. “My future was looking so bleak until I heard about this grant. I was recently able to turn a lifelong dream of buying a house with my now fiancé into a reality thanks to my new career and this grant program.”
The program is open to individuals who are recipients of Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) or General Assistance, or whose annual income falls within 125 – 185 percent of the poverty guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
CCM is a partnering college of the Northern New Jersey Health Professions Consortium (NNJHPC). The NNJHP consortium is a cross-county partnership, covering the counties of Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Passaic, Sussex, Union and Warren, to strengthen and expand healthcare training. Along with community colleges in those counties, the consortium includes county social and human service organizations, and state and federal agencies.