Capital’s Community Health Worker (CHW) program — developed through the federally funded Northeast Resiliency Consortium — has been featured in a recent roll out of a U.S. Department of Labor webinar series on training initiatives made possible by grants from the Trade Assistance Act Community College Career Training (TAACCCT) program.
CHW Instructor Joel Rivera and Job Developer Randall Ward from the School of Workforce and Continuing Education discuss the power of transparency, their own life experiences and the importance of mentoring for students as job seekers in the webinar series entitled “Transparency & Self-Awareness: From Building Relationships to Building Community.”
Shared by Rivera and Ward in the multi-part webinar were skills development in the community mental health classroom, creating pathways for higher education and developing new work sites for internships and employment.
Capital’s community mental health course was one of the first topics to be introduced as part of a DOL Storytelling Network in which grantees share best practices and the “mapping of learning experiences and support services for fostering resiliency.”
The Northeast Resiliency Consortium, involving community colleges in four states and the Achieving The Dream initiative of which Capital is a leader college, received more than $23 million Round 3 TAACCCT funding in 2013. With an emphasis on serving veterans and dislocated workers, Capital’s $2.3 million grant has been used to expand emergency services, green construction, health, nutrition, cybersecurity and IT education and training at the credit and certificate level.
For more information or to hear Capital’s roundtable on community mental health go to Voices of Resiliency: Creating Resiliency and Building Community at the TAACCCT website.