Personal Care Aide Program

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Eastern Connecticut Healthcare Pipeline Program


What is a Personal Care Aide?

Personal Care Aides (PCA) work in a home care environment and dedicate themselves to assisting individuals with daily activities such as using the bathroom, preparing or eating meals, executing hygiene and grooming habits, taking medication, bathing, and completing housework or other chores.

Program Description

This program is a free, customized, non-credit Personal Care Aide program for eligible students through the Eastern Connecticut Healthcare Pipeline developed to address the need for skilled healthcare professionals. This short-term (5.5 weeks long) training program is available to unemployed and underemployed workers unable to attend longer-term training. 

Three Rivers Community College has partnered with Assured Quality Home Care, LLC along with other healthcare employers to design a training program that prepares individuals with entry-level skills and knowledge to perform Personal Care Aide (PCA) duties. Upon completion of the program, students will earn the following industry-recognized credentials/certificates: Personal Care Assistant, Dementia Care Certificate, AHA Basic Life Support CPR, and Mental Health First Aid Certification. 

Benefits during the training

Students also receive support from the EWIB-funded programs (Eastern CT Workforce Investment Board) offered at the American Job Centers (AJC), helping them access supportive services while in classroom training to reduce barriers to enrollment and completion. Examples include travel reimbursement, daycare assistance, and required books, tools, and clothing.


If you or someone you know is interested in this training and is underemployed or unemployed,

Applicants will be assessed for basic and occupational skills to determine if they are ready for this training, or if they should take an intensive two-week Education Refresher course, or be referred to the American Job Center for other services.

Course Schedule

Summer 2021 – 5 weeks, includes PCA, Dementia Care, Mental Health First Aide, Essential Job Skills, and BLS CPR 

Personal Care Aide:

  • Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5/25/21-6/15/21
  • Time: 8:00-12:00 p.m.
  • Location: Assured Quality HomeCare

Dementia Care:

  • Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 16th and June 17th 
  • Time: 8:00-12:00 p.m.
  • Location: TRCC, B127

Essential Job Skills:

  • Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 22nd and June 23rd 
  • Time: 8:00-12:00 p.m.
  • Location: TRCC, B127


  • Dates: Thursday, June 24th
  • Time: 8:00-12:00 p.m.
  • Location: TRCC, B127

Mental Health First Aide:

  • Dates: Tuesday, June 29th
  • Time: 8:00-4:00 p.m.
  • Location: TRCC, B127

The Eastern Connecticut Workforce Investment Board (EWIB) oversees a network of workforce-related programs funded from a variety of sources including the operations of the region’s American Jobs Centers (AJC) which handle the application process for Pipeline programs at Three Rivers Community College. 

SNAP and WIOA Eligible