CHA First in Region to Launch New Resident Training Academy

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Healthcare Certificates, Technology Classes and Personal Development Workshops Help Residents Achieve Personal and Professionals Goals

(Chester, PA-February 7, 2018) – Chester Housing Authority CHA) today announced a new Resident Training Academy (RTA) offering free onsite and online courses for residents.  RTA provides low-income residents with preparation to pursue occupations in the health care and technology fields, both of which pay well and are expected to either experience labor shortages or be in high demand in the coming years.

“We wanted to provide our residents with an opportunity for advancement and sustainability, ultimately leading these individuals on a pathway to financial self-sufficiency,” said CHA Executive Director Steven A. Fischer.

RTA health care training leads to certificates in Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), Blood Borne Pathogens and Ergonomics.

Other courses focus on increasing residents’ knowledge of software applications used in business and introduces them to online technology such as job boards, digital marketing, blogs, video blogs (vlogs) and email marketing.

“These courses provide residents with immediate rewards and boost their resume to become marketable in the workforce,” CHA’s Director of Housing Operations Norman Wise said. “And since the courses are 100% online, residents have the flexibility and convenience to maintain family responsibilities.”

Residents seeking motivation and support to accomplish their goals may meet one-on-one with a success coach and create a personal action plan.

RTA rounds off with a series of monthly “Lunch and Learn” presentations in which the entire community is invited to attend. These sessions provide an opportunity for residents and business community representatives to network and learn.

“We want to continue to integrate CHA residents and our developments into neighboring communities and be a catalyst for change,” Fischer said.

About Resident Training Academy (RTA)

Creative Education Opportunities (CEO) Academy is a Chester County based virtual and onsite training company. Its RTA program aims to provide residents with innovative training, motivation, and support to achieve their personal and professional goals. The RTA is the only program of its kind in our region which connects residents to training, career coaching and personal development. The instructional design model for the RTA was created by Marrea Walker-Smith, President and CEO of Creative Education Opportunities Academy.

Chester residents interested in the program should contact CHA at 610-904-1111 ext. 102.

Read more about CHA at www.chesterha.org.

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