Randolph, NJ – County College of Morris has received a fifth year of funding for a program that provides eligible Morris County residents tuition-free training opportunities needed to start careers in the growing health care sector. The Health Professions Pathways Program will now run through September 2015. To date, the Program has trained more than 300 people for new careers, with classes taking place at CCM and health care facilities in Morris County.

CCM’s Continuing Education division also received notification of an $800,000 U.S. Department of Labor, Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) award funded through the New Jersey Health Professions Pathways to Regional Excellence Project (NJ-PREP). The TAACCCT grant will overlap with funding to provide no-cost health care job training opportunities for the Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 academic sessions and then continue to support no-cost tuition programs throughSeptember 30, 2017.

“We are thrilled that with additional funding, we are able to continue offering these courses at no cost to the student and help individuals who have been impacted by the economic downturn or other circumstances find jobs in the rapidly expanding health care industry,” said John Johnson, Site Coordinator for the Northern New Jersey Health Professions Pathways Grant program at CCM.

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Low-income residents, including recipients of Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF) and General Assistance, may be eligible for tuition-free training in one of 12 programs. The length of training varies from three weeks to one year, depending on the chosen field.

During the next 12 months, CCM expects to offer programs in:


·         Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

·         Certified Homemaker Health Aide (CHHA)

·         Certified Medication Aide

·         Certified Medical Billing and Coding Specialist

·         Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

·         Clinical Medical Assistant (CMA)

·         Phlebotomy Technician

·         EKG Technician

·         Certified Assisted Living Administrator (CALA)

·         Dental Radiographic Technician

·         Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor

·         Pharmacy Technician


In addition to no-cost tuition, funding for related expenses, such as transportation, tutoring, books, uniforms, study guides, exam and license fees and even child care also may be provided through subsidies.

“The extension of this program, made possible by additional federal funding, is important for job seekers in Morris County. Thousands of new health care jobs are expected to be added in Morris County in the near term, and facilities need certified skilled workers. We encourage those seeking new job opportunities in a growing industry to take advantage of the extended availability of this program,” Johnson concluded.

Aside from income requirements, participation also requires a high school diploma, GED or equivalent and proof of citizenship or legal residency. For more information, including full eligibility requirements and upcoming information sessions, contact CCM at 973-328-2490 or visit www.ccm.edu/healthgrant

About Northern New Jersey Health Professions Pathways Grant Program

County College of Morris (CCM) offers no-cost training through the Health Professions Pathway Grant that can help individuals start a career in health care.  The Northern NJ Health Professions Pathways Grant, provided through the Northern NJ Health Professions Consortium (NNJHPC), is designed to reduce roadblocks and help individuals and their families obtain education, training and employment in a wide-range of health care occupations. NNJHPC is a region-wide capacity building initiative to strengthen and expand occupational training in health care through workforce readiness and integrated basic skills preparation for individuals receiving TANF, General Assistance or other low-income individuals, who meet the eligibility requirements. For more information, visithttp://www.ccm.edu/healthgrant.

About County College of Morris

Located in Randolph Township on more than 200 acres, County College of Morris (CCM) and its satellite location in Morristown provides the residents of Morris County and the surrounding region with an outstanding, affordable education. Today, CCM offers more than 70 associate degree and more than 40 certificate and certification programs. The college also has one of the highest graduation and transfer rates among community colleges in New Jersey. Take the time to review our website to find out all that CCM has to offer at http://www.ccm.edu/.