LeadingAge California was awarded over $25 million by the California Department of Health Access and Information (HCAI) to implement The Gateway-In Project which will add 2,700 Certified Nurse Assistants (CNAs)and Home Health Aides (HHAs) to the workforce pipeline through training and job placement.

By providing training, wrap-around supports and incentives for career development for those entering or already in the field, the program will make significant headway in turning the tides on the ongoing workforce shortage crisis pervading the health care workforce that supports older adults across the state.

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What is The Gateway-In Project (TGIP)?

A three-year pipeline program that will actively promote, recruit, train and provide wrap-around services and retention incentives for 2,700 new CNAs (Certified Nursing Assistants) and HHAs (Home Health Aides) across the state of California.

What does The Gateway-In Project (TGIP) entail?

    • Internship(s) for High School Students
    • CNA and HHA Training
    • Job Placement
    • Career Advancement

    What are Wrap-around Services?

    The program offers resources to students at no cost which includes services such as:

    • Childcare

    • Transportation

    • Food

    • ESL Training

    • Scrubs

    • Textbooks

    What is my commitment to the The Gateway-In Project?

    All students going through The Gateway-In Project are required to work in a home and community based provider community once training is complete. Depending on the type of training the student wishes to complete, the number of hours required to complete the training varies. The CNA (certified nursing assistant) program will consist of at least 60 hours of theory and 100 clinical hours of hands-on supervised training. The CHHA (certified home health aide) program will consist of at least 20 hours of theory and 100 clinical hours of hands-on supervised training. However, most CHHA trainings require that students complete the CNA program then take additional 40 hours to become a CHHA. 

    How much does it cost to participate?

    The program is subsidized by the grant. There are no out of pocket fees for the participant. It is completely free. The only requirement is that the student commits to working in a Home and Community Based Services provider such as Home Health, Hospice, PACE, Skilled Nursing Facility, RCFE, Assisted Living Facility, Adult Day Health, Life Plan Community or other community providers using CNAs and HHAs.

    What are the requirements to participate?

    Participants must meet the following requirements:

    • Must be at least sixteen (16) years of age
    • Must have valid identification and legal work status
    • Able to lift at least 30 lbs and conduct basic duties such as lift, pull, reach, stoop, bend and walk/stand for long periods of time

    How long is the training program?

    Training time is dependent on the enrolled program and time commitment from the student (full time or part time). It can range from six weeks to 12 weeks or more.

    Can I get a job after training completion?

    The goal of the program is to help place student graduates who successfully pass the state certification exam in a Home and Community Based Services program.  The Gateway-In Project team will make every effort to place all graduates into a job site.


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