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    The WATCH Project is a Health Profession Opportunity Grant (HPOG) program. WATCH provides a variety of academic and social support services to help people enter or move up in a nursing career pathway. Meeting local health care industry needs, the program increases skills, provides critical services and moves participants toward self-sufficiency.

    WATCH Project assists students in preparing for a career as a:

    • Direct Care Worker (DCW)  
    • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) 
    • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Apprentice
    • Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
    • Registered Nurse (RN)
    • Sterile Processing Technician
    • Phlebotomist

    Program Services  

    After you are enrolled in the WATCH Project, you will work with a Career Coordinator who will:

    • Help you develop career goals that are right for you, and decide where and how to enter the nursing field.
    • Help you apply to a training program and complete the financial aid application process.
    • Find community and educational resources to meet other needs like tutoring, child care or transportation.

    You will also participate in activities to get ready for employment, learn to work in teams and improve skills, as well as attend peer support meetings and participate in job shadowing experiences.

    Job-Seeking Assistance

    After you have completed your education and training, your Career Coordinator will help you look for a job and provide supportive services up to your first six months of employment.

    If you are ready to take the first step or advance on the nursing career path, complete an online application

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    WATCH Project is a Health Profession Opportunity Grant(HPOG) and helps supply our regional health care industry with qualified caregivers and nursing professionals who are compassionate, skilled and dedicated.

    This website is supported by Grant #90FX0033 from the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of HHS.

    HPOG is a study funded by the federal government which is being conducted to determine how these training opportunities help people improve their skills and find better jobs. During the study, all new eligible applicants will be selected by lottery to participate in these training opportunities. Not all eligible applicants will be selected to participate in these opportunities.

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  • Apply Online Here
    or text or call 570-246-5944.


    To be eligible for the WATCH Project, all potential participants must:

    • Have a high school diploma or GED; 
    • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible to receive federal benefits; 
    • Meet income guidelines; and
    • Live in one of the counties listed below.

    WATCH Project services are available to participants in the following eleven-county area:

    • Centre
    • Clinton
    • Columbia
    • Lycoming
    • Mifflin  
    • Montour
    • Northumberland
    • Snyder
    • Sullivan
    • Tioga
    • Union     

    You will be contacted by WATCH Project staff who will assist you to schedule an educational assessment, complete background checks, drug screenings, and a physical health exam.