Adult Education and Employment Training Programs

The YMCA’s Project Connect program is an integrated education and training model designed to prepare adult learners for rewarding entry-level careers. Through guided practice and hands-on training, our students thrive in competitive job markets.

The YMCA offers an inclusive space for all learners to grow academically and professionally no matter what level they are on. Project Connect offers three unique components to participants: comprehensive employment training, career coaching, and job placement.

By addressing and removing the most common barriers for potential participants, the Y provides the opportunity for individuals to create a career pathway for themselves to provide a brighter future. For more information on any of the program opportunities below, please contact the Project Connect team at YMCA_WD@indymca.org.

Certified Nursing Aide (CNA) Certification Training Program

The YMCA’s Project Connect program prepares adult learners for a rewarding entry-level career in the medical field through a Certified Nursing Aide (CNA) certification training. Certified Nursing Aides, also called nursing attendants or assistants, provide basic care and help with basic living activities for patients in hospitals and residents of long-term care facilities. Some nursing aides and attendants may also dispense medication. In nursing homes, nursing assistants are often the principal caregivers. They have more contact with residents than other members of the staff.

CNA Training Requirements:

  • Complete at least 105 training hours, which includes at least 75 hours of clinical training and 30 hours of classroom education.
  • Pass the written and skills test on the state competency evaluation.
  • Maintain a good standing (no instances of abuse or neglect) on the Indiana Nurse Aide Registry.
  • There is a two-year limit on examination eligibility. A nurse aide who is not working in the field must still pass the exam within two years. Otherwise, he or she will have to take another approved program in order to restore eligibility.

As an adult education provider, the YMCA utilizes grant funding through the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) and EmployIndy to provide full tuition coverage for individuals that qualify. This is valued at over $900 for the complete training program including the required state exam fees.

Interested applicants must meet program qualifications prior to enrollment. For more information or to apply for this program, please click on the “Sign Up Here” link at the bottom of this page.

Qualified Medication Aide (QMA) Training Program

The YMCA’s Project Connect program prepares adult learners for a rewarding career in the medical field through a Qualified Medication Aide (QMA) certification training. The role of a QMA involves administering both prescription and non-prescription medications to patients and then monitoring their reactions, all under the supervision of a licensed nurse. QMAs start out as CNAs, so they already have specialized training in direct patient care.

QMA Pre-Requisites and Training Requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Have proof of a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Be in good standing as a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) on the Indiana Aide Registry.
  • Worked a minimum of 1,000 hours as a CNA within the last 24 months.
  • Complete the 100 hour QMA Training Program, including 60 hours in the classroom and 40 hours passing medication supervised by a licensed Nurse in a clinical environment.

As an adult education provider, the YMCA utilizes grant funding through the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) and EmployIndy to provide full tuition coverage for individuals that qualify. This is valued at over $1,200 for the complete training program including the required state exam fees.

Interested applicants must meet program qualifications prior to enrollment. For more information or to apply for this program, please click on the “Sign Up Here” link at the bottom of this page.

High School Equivalency (HSE) Prep Program

The YMCA Project Connect program is launching a new opportunity for adult learners who want to earn their High School Equivalency (HSE) credential. An HSE is an alternative for earning a high school diploma. The HSE Diploma can be earned after completing a test based on five subject areas (math, reading, writing, science and social studies). This merit is often sought after by adults as a personal goal, professional requirement, or college acceptance.

Program time will be spent assessing and growing participant’s skills as individual adult learners in the five subject areas. By enrolling in the YMCA HSE Prep program, participants will work with the Project Connect Education Specialist and have access to direct support, virtual instruction, academic monitoring, childcare, and financial aid for testing fees.

Education plays an important role in life by improving your knowledge and preparing you to get a better job. Workers who have a high school diploma earn over $8,000 more per year than those who do not. Taking the HSE test is your first step to moving forward. Whether your goal is to get a better job or continue on your educational pathway to a certificate, 2-year associate degree or 4-year bachelor’s degree, this is where your second chance starts.

Who can sign up for the HSE Prep Program?

  • Participants who are at least 16 years of age.
  • Anyone living in Indiana for a minimum of 30 days before taking the test.
  • Those who have not already earned a diploma from an accredited high school in the United States.

Interested applicants must meet program qualifications prior to enrollment. For more information or to apply for this program, please click on the “Sign Up Here” link at the bottom of this page.

Employability Skills Training Program

The YMCA Project Connect program will pilot a new virtual learning opportunity beginning January 2022 through an online platform, 180 Skills. The Employability Skills Training opportunity is geared for YMCA members and the community to gain knowledge and skills that foster personal and professional development.

The YMCA has designed six online learning paths that will be available with topics varying from Career Building, Customer Service, Personal Finance, Life Skills & Time Management, and Workplace Skills just to name a few. Through a series of learning modules and certification tracks, a participant can position themselves for new career opportunities and individual growth at their own pace.

The YMCA Project Connect Employability Skills Training will also offer a monthly opportunity for in-person workshops hosted at various YMCA center locations with the Workforce Development and Career Connector. Participation in this program will also give participants access to the 180 Skills online learning paths along with career supports, potential job leads, and job readiness assistance.

For more information or to register for this program, please click on the “Sign Up Here” link at the bottom of this page.

Child and Youth Care (CYC) Certification Training Program

The Child and Youth Care Certification (CYC) is a national credential for child and youth care work practitioners. It is based on a three-tiered system beginning with Entry Level and includes Associate and Professional Levels. CYC certification allows practitioners to demonstrate their development as professionals and participate in true career development. Over time, practitioners can combine in-service training, formal education, and work experience to qualify for increasingly advanced positions or they can continue to work in the same setting with the ability to meet a wider range of youth needs.

The YMCA partners with the Indiana Youth Services Association (IYSA) to provide this certification training at various times throughout the year. After completion of the training portion of this program, individuals can apply for job and career opportunities within the Youth Development YMCA, which provides before and after school programs and camp opportunities for youth across Indianapolis.

As an adult education provider, the YMCA utilizes grant funding through the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) and EmployIndy to provide full tuition coverage for individuals that qualify for this training program.

 

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