Creating a Health Care Pathway Through Strong Community Partnerships: "Become a Home Care Aide"

Session 4: 1:00–3:00 PM, Zoom Room 7


The Tamalpais Adult School online class, "Become a Home Care Aide", recently featured on ABC news and recipient of the CASAS "Making a Difference" Award, was developed at the request of, and in partnership with, county home care agencies and community based organizations to meet the urgent need for employees in this field. This career pathway course fits into regional priorities as outlined by the Local Workforce Alliance of the North Bay who report that the Dept. of Labor cites senior home care as one of the fastest growing industries in the US. This need has greatly increased due to the COVID 19 pandemic, as more seniors desire to be cared for in their homes instead of in assisted living facilities. The training provided in this 10 week/35 hour online class is based on, and goes well beyond, the requirements of AB1217 (Home Care Services Protection Act) and results in students who are "job ready". A Registered Nurse provides the training specific to the workplace. This training is supplemented by training videos and Guest Speakers who are experts in their field. The adult education and literacy components of the class are taught by an ESL instructor. Both the RN and ESL teacher co-teach using the IBEST model of instruction. Students receive additional support when they meet community partner Career Counselors during the Career Pathways Panel and potential employers from home care agencies at the Job Fair during the final class.


Jaemi Naish

Tamalpais Adult School

Joan Prigian

Tamalpais Adult School

Deborah Meshel

Tamalpais Adult School

Type of Presentation

Panel or Facilitated Discussion (1 hour)



Program Strands

  • Career Technical Education
  • English as a Second Language

Category Strands

  • Distance Learning