Direct Care Workers: Welcome to The CAREer Path Initiative!

Congratulations! The home care agency you work for has recommended you for the CAREer Path Initiative. This initiative was designed for ambitious caregivers who are excellent at what they do and are motivated to expand their skill sets by pursuing higher education. 

Your agency has made a commitment to provide upskilling opportunities for direct care workers (like you!) to continue growing  their skills and improve their earning potential.  To support their commitment to you, they’ve partnered with CareAcademy, their online caregiver training platform, to offer training that can be transferred into college credits. 

The best part? Some of the training classes that are eligible for credits are already included in the required training you need to work for the agency. This means that once you finish the eligible training, you can continue working with clients while pursuing conversations with colleges who support these credits! More on that below. 

We are so excited to have you join us. We at CareAcademy are committed to providing you with opportunities to continue expanding your skills and are pleased to be able to enable you to receive college-level credit for that training!

 

-The CareAcademy Team

Getting Started: Video

Check out the video below to hear from Adrianna Ware, RN MSN-ED, CareAcademy’s resident nursing expert to learn:
  • How The CAREer Path Initiative program works
  • Training requirements to earn college credits
  • How to proactively pursue your next steps

Class Requirements

 The classes in the training provided by your agency are included below. It is 20 online training classes and you can complete it at your own pace. You may notice that you’ve already taken some of these classes before. Don’t worry! Your agency will make sure you don’t have to repeat them in order to complete the class bundle. When completed entirely, they are eligible for an elective credit for fully online or in-person programs at our education partner: Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU). Read on to learn more about SNHU and applying your credits.     

Earning Credits at Southern New Hampshire University

Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) is a private, nonprofit institution with an 88-year history of educating traditional-aged students and working adults. SNHU offers approximately 200 accredited undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs, available online and on its campus in Manchester, NH. SNHU is committed to expanding access to high quality, affordable pathways that meet the needs of each learner, making them an ideal partner for this initiative. Don’t live in New Hampshire? Don’t worry! SNHU is one of the foremost online universities in the country meaning you can take classes from anywhere. (Though New Hampshire in the fall is quite lovely!)

Whether you have existing college credits or you’re just getting started on your educational journey, every credit is highly valuable towards the future you are building. In addition to prior college work and the credits earned as part of your training, SNHU will also review your life experiences and in many cases, be able to provide you lifelong learner credits as well. 

Since all college degree programs require elective credits, the credits you’ve earned through your agency can be applied to a variety of programs—the career path opportunities you can explore are endless! To see some of the 200+ programs offered by SNHU, click here

The advisors at SNHU are ready and equipped to help you build a customized plan that aligns with your goals as a learner, guide you through the admissions process, and help you gather everything you need to enroll in a program that’s best for you. 

Once you’ve completed your training, you’ll receive an email from CareAcademy with next steps and how to get started with your conversations with SNHU.

Using Elective Credits at a University

Don’t wait! Even if you haven’t finished your agency’s training, you can still start talking to an advisor at SNHU to learn about their programs. Once you finish your training, we’ll make sure SNHU receives all the information they need to see your credit-eligible training has been completed. Use the button below to submit your information directly to SNHU’s website. On that form, you’ll be asked to choose a subject area to pursue—but if you’re unsure, that’s ok! An advisor at SNHU will be in touch to discuss a path that’s right for you.

What’s Next?

1. Now that you’ve been nominated for this initiative, your agency has assigned you your training in your CareAcademy account. If you don’t see the training, email hello@careacademy.com

2. Login to go.careacademy.com and complete the training (view the class list here!). 

3. Get in touch with an academic advisor at SNHU by submitting your information here

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I sign up?
If your agency hasn’t already nominated you, let your agency know! Your agency will assign you The CAREer Path Initiative training in your go.careacademy.com account so you can get started. We’ll also share more resources with you so have all the tools you need to learn about the initiative.
Is there a cost for this program?
No, your agency is providing the training for free! Once you complete the training and earn your credits, you’ll need to work with SNHU to pick the right degree program and understand the total credits required and understand the cost of enrolling. The advisors at SNHU have access to the most current information about all available financial aid options as well. 
What training will count for credit?
CareAcademy has created a bundle of 20 classes that make up the accredited courses. Your agency will assign you the bundle directly so you can access the training classes.
When do I have to complete the training?
You can complete the training at a pace that’s convenient for you. There’s no deadline to earn the college credits.
How many credits can I earn?
Right now, the 20-hour training bundle is worth one elective college credit which can be applied to virtually any SNHU degree. But CareAcademy is working closely with SNHU to continue to expand credit opportunities and make more training available for college credit. Stay tuned for opportunities to earn more!
I have already taken these training classes, do I need to take them again?
No. Your agency can waive classes you have already taken. It is possible that you have already taken ALL of the classes and are free to get started with SNHU right away.
Will my agency pay me for the training classes?
This is up to your agency, please check with your agency on their plans.
I don’t work for an agency, or my agency is not part of the program, can I still take the training?
At this time, the program is only open to agency partners. Shortly we will be opening the program up for caregivers directly.
What if I don’t have a high school diploma or GED?
At this time SNHU requires that all students have completed high school or have a GED. However, the admissions specialists at SNHU are experts and will work with you to find the best way to achieve one.
SNHU is based in New Hampshire, do I have to go to New Hampshire?
No! SNHU is one of the largest online colleges in the country. Most programs can be completed 100% online.
How much is tuition at SNHU?
As with any college, tuition varies by the program you enroll in. SNHU’s coaches are best positioned to guide you into the right program, review any prior college credits, and additional lifelong learning credits.
How do I register my credits?
Once you have completed your training, you can connect directly with SNHU to get started with them.
What will I be able to do with my credits and how can I use the credits
Your credits will transfer as an elective credit and can be applied to any of SNHU’s degree programs.
I’ve never enrolled at a university before, can I still get the credits?
Absolutely! We suggest getting in touch with SNHU to discuss how to best use your credit and discuss options for enrollment.
Can I use the credits outside of SNHU?
At this time, SNHU is our first college that has accredited the CareAcademy training program.
Do I have to pay to transfer credits to SNHU?
No. There is not charge to transfer credits to SNHU.
How do I enroll or learn more at SNHU?
CareAcademy will provide you with a link to all the materials you need to get started with SNHU. You can also visit SNHU directly at www.snhu.edu.

Join the Facebook Caregiver Peer Community Group

Have you joined the Caregiver Community Group on Facebook yet? It’s a great place to network and engage with others who are also working in home care. You might find direct care workers who are brand new to the industry or those who have been providing care for years.

About The CAREer Path Initiative

A recent PHI study has indicated that as many as 7.4 Million new care workers will be needed by 2029 to meet the growing demand for care workers in home care. The CAREer Path Initiative seeks to bring together key industry participants to create an accelerated pathway to recruit new entrants to the direct care profession, provide ongoing career opportunities, and create meaningful industry growth. To support this effort, CareAcademy is committed to developing a credentialing ecosystem to enable direct care workers to earn college-level credits for their training completed within the CareAcademy platform. The company has partnered with SNHU as its first education partner enabling direct care workers to earn credits toward a degree from SNHU. This first-of-its-kind higher-education partnership opens up new doors for direct care workers to advance their career development by offering new educational pathways based on experience and learning.