Foundations of Caring Bootcamp

Long-Term Health Care Training

Kickstart Your Health Care Career in Two Weeks!

Washtenaw Community College (WCC) has partnered with Michigan Works! Southeast and local to develop an accelerated two-week, long-term health care training – at low-to-no cost. Learn the skills needed to succeed in direct patient care, no matter your experience.

Training includes:

  • CPR certification
  • Patient care
  • Essential soft skills
  • Four continuing education credits at WCC

What’s in it for you?

Complete the class and get PAID on-the-job training with a local health care employer, and the opportunity to get hired on the spot.

Applications are open!

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have obtained a high school diploma or GED
  • Be able to pass a basic background check
  • Have a valid state ID, Social Security card or passport

Please note that eligible candidates will undergo a career-focused assessment. Support services and tutoring will be available throughout the program.

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WCC Long Term Care Bootcamp

Frequently Asked Questions

1When does the program start?
We will create a schedule as we get a full class – approximately 20 people. We will let you know as soon as the training is set.
2What is the first step?
The first step is for you to interview with prospective employers to gauge your fit for the program and to be a long-term care employee. You will be contacted once you sign up for the program.
3Does the program cost th eapplicant anything?
No. The program is free. It is paid for by Michigan Works! Southeast and the employers in the program.
4Can I miss any days of the two-week training program?
No. You must attend the entire training.
5What are the times of the two-week training program?
Training is held 6-10 pm, Monday through Friday. There will be one day where applicants must come to Washtenaw Community College to attend the CPR training, which will be discussed and determined on the first day of class.
6How do I choose whether or not I want to be in a private home care setting or in an assisted living community?
The initial interview will help us to determine the best fit for you. At the end of the interview, you will state your preference. If it is felt you are a good candidate for this program, you will be informed which employer you will complete your on-the-job training after the two-week online class. And of course, do your research! There are many avenues to help you understand working in private home care and assisted living communities including blogs, YouTube videos and several online forums.
7Do I get paid during the two-week course?
No, there is no payment during the class. However, it does not cost you anything.
8Do I get paid during the on-the-job training portion?
Yes, you’ll get paid on an hourly basis by the employer and possibly hired at that point.
9Can I switch employers if I don't like my on-the-job training placement?
Yes, you can contact the Program Coordinator and discuss this on an individual basis. Generally, you must finish your contracted on-the-job training program before you could switch to another employer.
10Does the on-the-job training have to be four weeks?
We encourage all the employers and employees to have the four-week training. However, since the on-the-job training is partially being paid for by MichiganWorks!, each applicant will have their own contract. As a result, there is some flexibility in how long the on-the-job training will be for each individual, but it must be full time (30 hours or greater).
11Do I start caring for people right away? How long before I care for people on my own?
In the four-week, on the-the-job training, you will be shadowing someone and learning skills for the first couple of weeks. After that, you will start caring for people on your own, depending on your skills. Of course, you’ll be supported during the entirety of the training period.
12What are the goals of this program?
  • Transition people as quickly as possible to employment in a healthcare setting
  • Help the potential employee be successful and marketable in their job search
  • Match the potential employee with a provider in the workforce consortium
  • Begin the process of learning the soft skills necessary to succeed in the healthcare workforce
  • Learn the basic job skills to be successful in the healthcare workforce
  • Help potential employees recognize available social services and resources
  • Provide CPR training and certification