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Adult Education and Training

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The YMCA’s comprehensive employment training, career coaching, and job placement can help you move toward your dream job.

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Project Connect: Adult Education Programs

Certified Nursing Aide

Prepare for a rewarding career as a Certified Nursing Aide (CNA). CNAs assist with basic care in hospitals and long-term care facilities. They’re often the main caregivers, helping with daily activities and sometimes dispensing medications.

Tuition

Eligible participants do not incur any expenses for program tuition, provided they meet certain qualifications. We’re grateful to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development and EmployIndy for their generous funding. Valued at $1,100, the free tuition includes instructional fees and state examination fees.

CNA Training Requirements

  • You must complete 105+ training hours, including 75+ hours of clinical training and 30+ hours of classroom education.
  • You must pass the written and skills test on the state competency evaluation.
  • You must maintain a good standing (no instances of abuse or neglect) on the Indiana Nurse Aide Registry.
  • You must pass the exam within two years of your program if you’re not currently working in the field.

Applicants must meet program qualifications before enrolling. For more information or to apply, click the “Sign Up” link. Before registering, please review the training schedule and ensure you’re available for all class times.

Qualified Medication Aide

Build on your skills as a CNA and become certified to assist with medication and monitoring. As a Qualified Medical Aide (QMA), you’ll work under a licensed nurse’s supervision to do even more for patients.

Tuition

Eligible participants do not incur any expenses for program tuition, provided they meet certain qualifications. We’re grateful to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development and EmployIndy for their generous funding. Valued at over $1,200, the free tuition includes state exam fees.

QMA Training Requirements

  • You must be at least 18 years of age.
  • You must hold a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • You must be in good standing as a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) on the Indiana Aide Registry.
  • You must have at least 1,000 documented hours of work as a CNA within the last 24 months.
  • You must complete the 100-hour QMA Training Program. This includes 60 classroom hours and 40 supervised clinical hours.

Applicants must meet program qualifications before enrolling. For more information or to apply

High School Equivalency Program

On average, workers with a high school diploma earn over $8,000 more per year than those without a diploma. And a high school education is an important first step before entering a two- or four-year college program. Start your next chapter now by earning your High School Equivalency (HSE) credential.

Our HSE prep program prepares adult learners for the GED® examination to obtain an Indiana High School Equivalency Diploma. The course covers all subject areas of the test: math, reading, writing, science and social studies.

Classes are offered virtually or in person.

Your Project Connect instructor will assess your skills and help you study. You’ll also get access to virtual instruction, academic monitoring, childcare and financial aid for testing fees.

HSE Eligibility Requirements

  • You must be at least 16 years old.
  • You must be an Indiana resident for at least 30 days before taking the test.
  • You must not already have a diploma from an accredited U.S. high school.

Applicants must meet program qualifications before enrolling. For more information or to apply, click the “Sign Up” link.

Employability Skills Training Program

Foster personal and professional development with our online learning courses and certifications. Classes cover everything from workplace skills to personal finance and time management.

Choose from six online paths and learn at your own pace. Plus, connect with us in person during our monthly workshops.

For more information or to register, click the “Sign Up” link below.

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