Stipends Available for Participants

SHAEC is offering assistance and support for Hilltown Residents interested in the free Community Health Worker pre- Apprenticeship Training Program.

SHAEC can offer:

  • Access to technology to participate in online learning
  • Assistance preparing for the English placement test
  • Prep for GED./ HiSet high School equivalency diploma (if necessary)
  • Access to and assistance learning computer programs relevant to the CHW program.

The training course is followed by a paid Registered  Apprenticeship position at Behavioral Health Network in one of their family-serving programs. It’s a great opportunity for anyone interested in a career in the community   and public health field. This is a free opportunity, made possible by a federal grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

Community Health Workers (CHWs) are public health paraprofessionals who play crucial roles in promoting and supporting the health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities. They have a close understanding of the communities they serve. Through outreach, assessment, care coordination, health education, and advo- cacy, CHWs work to address health inequities and provide access to care.

Please note that parts of this program may be held remotely due to COVID


The CHW Pre-Apprenticeship:

  • Consists of 2 college classes over 2 semesters for a total of 9 college
  • Provides 336 hours of comprehensive training in the CHW Core Competencies, special health topics, and experiential
  • Training courses prepare students to work with children, youth, and families who have been impacted by opioid and substance
  • $5,000 stipend provided to


The CHW Registered Apprenticeship:

  • A 2,000 hour CHW Registered Apprenticeship in a paid full-time position working in a children, youth, and family program at Behavioral Health
  • Provides skill-building, on the job training, and an hourly
  • Must be completed in 1 year and may extend into an ongoing
  • $7,500 stipend provided to apprentices.
  • There are a limited number of spots and an application is required.


  • Free tuition
  • 9 college credits which can be applied to a degree
  • Entryway into employment
  • Alignment with requirements for MA State Certification for CHWs
  • Alignment with State Certification for
  • Dedicated support and advising
  • Stipends to support commitment to Pre-Apprenticeship & Registered Apprenticeship


  • Commitment to completing the Pre-Apprenticeship and Registered Apprenticeship within a 2 year
  • Passion for community health work and working with children, youth, and families
  • High school diploma or HiSet/GED
  • Completion of all application and enrollment steps at HCC including, but not limited to:
    1. Meeting eligibility for college-level English (previous college transcript or HCC placement test required)
    2. Attending an Information Session or meeting with the Program Coordinator
    3. Completion of all necessary forms and orientations
  • Must be S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or foreign nationals who possess a visa permitting permanent residence in the United States. Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible to participate.
  • Successful completion of clearances including:
    1. HCC’s CORI/SORI (prior to class registration)
    2. Up to date health records, including immunizations and physical exam (prior to practicum/externship course)
    3. Drug testing (prior to practicum/externship course)

For more information and to learn how to apply, go to to preregister, or email or call SHAEC Program Director Michele Kenney at 413-354-1055

This program is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $1.89 million with 100% percentage funded by HRSA/ HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA/HHS, or the U.S. Government. SHAEC assistance provided by “CARES” CDBG though Mass Dept. of Housing and Community Development through the lead town of Chester.