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Direct Care Worker

Register Now for Our September/October

Direct Care Worker Course in Mifflin County

September 12 - October 7, 2016
PA CareerLink
® Mifflin County

Complete the WATCH Online Application .

The WATCH Project is recruiting participants for our next Direct Care Worker integrated education and training (IET) course in September and October 2016.

The course will be held weekdays from September 12 to October 7 at the PA CareerLink® Mifflin County.

Participants successfully completing the course will receive:

  • A certificate of completion recognized by local home health care providers
  • CPR certification
  • First Aid certification

Each day-long session will introduce participants to basic health care concepts and competencies and provide opportunities for hands-on practice of important health care skills. Students receive additional instruction to improve basic academic skills they will need to be successful as a direct care worker. Course activities and requirements reinforce important employability skills expected in home health and long-term care settings.

To begin the registration process, complete a WATCH Project online application

If you have additional questions about the course or about the application and registration process, call the WATCH Project at (570) 246 - 5944.

What is a Direct Care Worker IET?

What do Direct Care Workers do?

Who hires Direct Care Workers?


What is a Direct Care Worker Integrated Education and Training (IET)?

In partnership with Educators, Inc. , the WATCH Project supports Direct Care Worker integrated education and training programs. This training program leads to a certificate of completion, CPR and First Aid certification.

Through a unique integrated education and training model, the course introduces participants to basic health care concepts and competencies, provides the learner with training and CPR/First Aid certification required by the State and Federal regulations, reinforces workplace skills and competencies and offers additional basic skills instruction in reading, language and math.


What do Direct Care Workers do?

Direct Care Workers provide routine, individualized health care services to patients in their homes or in a care facility. DCWs may assist with bathing and toileting, dressings and wound care, medication preparation, light housekeeping, meal preparation, grocery shopping, appointment escorting and other personal care needs.

DCWs wages range from $7.25 to $11.00 per hour. Part-time positions are common and may require a vehicle for travel to client homes. However, flexible scheduling is a plus and some positions are located in a single residential unit or nursing home.

Who hires Direct Care Workers?

Regional labor market data indicates there is a growing demand for direct care workers and home health aides in the Central Workforce Investment Area. Home health care agencies, residential care programs, independent living facilities and nursing homes are in need of well-trained, reliable individuals who are work-ready. Trained and CPR/First Aid - certified DCWs have a distinct advantage over others when applying for positions as home health aides, personal care attendants, direct support professionals and nurse aides.

The DCW training introduces individuals interested in health care careers to basic health care principles such as universal precautions and infection control, body systems and disease processes, and body mechanics and safety. Teamwork and good communication skills are promoted and practiced.  The program includes classroom and hands-on training.

If eligible for WATCH, what assistance will the participant receive?

Educational and income-eligible individuals qualifying for WATCH will be assigned to a WATCH Career Coordinator who will help your client complete all necessary pre-training requirements. The Career Coordinator will coordinate on-going supportive services, including transportation to and from the training, and provide guidance throughout the training, job search activities and the first few months of employment.