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Training Program for Immigrants Helping to Solve Home Care’s Workforce Problem

Posted on Friday, August 9, 2019 2:23 PM

As we all know, finding and keeping home health aides is crucial to the success of any agency.  The demand is greater than the supply and a Connecticut community college created a course to help increase their supply.

In 2016, a home health program was created out of Stamford, Connecticut-based Building One Community’s Center for Immigrant Opportunity. Specifically, the program at Building One Community (B1C) in partnership with Norwalk Community College places local immigrants in a six-month program that helps them with their English and trains them in being a home health aide. 

“The home health aide program was started in 2016 after we [launched] a survey that asked, ‘What kinds of skills do workers need to learn and grow,’” Ivonne Zucco, the workforce development director at B1C, told Home Health Care News. “[We] determined that workers wanted something that offered them a career path. We also found out that the surrounding area needed a lot of home care.”

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