Free 12-Week Healthcare Career Training

Interested in a career in healthcare? Stepping Up, a healthcare workforce development program, is seeking motivated people interested in a career in healthcare to join a free 12-week Healthcare Career Orientation Training program at Tower Street Community Center located at 93 Tower Street, Westerly. To qualify for the program, candidates must be 18 years old, have a high school diploma or GED, must pass a criminal background check (BCI), an English language assessment, and be able to provide immunization records. An interview is also required.

The 12-week orientation program will be held from June 4 through August 31 from 9:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The program includes a job readiness classroom-based curriculum including basic medical terminology, patient privacy laws, first aid, CPR, resume writing, basic computer skills, and more. At the end of the classroom training, participants are placed into unpaid internships at partner healthcare employers. After participants complete their internships, Stepping Up provides career advising and weekly meetings to assist participants in the job search process.

Since 2010, The Westerly Hospital has partnered with Stepping Up for their incumbent employee program which helps non-certified healthcare employees advance in their careers by becoming certified or trained for professional healthcare positions. Services include career advising, free or low-cost pre-college/college courses through the Community College of Rhode Island, tutoring, mentoring, and job shadowing. Stepping Up also offers tutors to participants free of charge for those enrolled in courses. More than 20 Westerly Hospital employees are currently participating in the Stepping Up incumbent employee program.

For more information on the Healthcare Career Orientation Training program and to register for an assessment, contact Brandy at Tower Street Community Center at 401-348-2790. For information on the Stepping Up program, visit