Caroline Center accepts a class of 60 women three times a year for a 15-week employment-training program. To enroll, women must be drug-free, at least 20 years old, a Baltimore city resident, and meet basic academic skill requirements. A high school diploma or GED is required for the CNA and Pharmacy Technician program. The program runs five days a week from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. and has several components:
- Career Skills:
Women receive training as: Certified/Geriatric Nursing Assistants or Pharmacy Technicians. They must pass exams administered by Caroline Center to successfully complete their coursework and where required, sit for certification exams mandated by the State of Maryland in their respective disciplines. (See Skills Training page for complete description of career skills programs)
Women must participate in an internship program in their field. Caroline Center arranges one 40 hour week of internship for the CNA/GNA candidates in an appropriate health care facility. Caroline Center arranges four 40 hour weeks of internship for the Pharmacy Technician candidates in an appropriate pharmacy.
- Career Transitions:
This component is designed to help women identify and overcome their obstacles to employment. Women are offered individual and group counseling and participate in classes in communications skills, financial literacy, computer literacy, resume writing, interviewing skills and career planning. Women are also offered assistance with issues that arise such as child care and income supports as well as the expungement of eligible criminal records. Toward the end of their time at Caroline Center, women are assisted with job search and job placement.