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Schwank receives thanks from grant recipients during tour of United Community Services facility

by Reading Area Community College

Feb 12, 2020

Photo caption: From left; Executive Director at YouthBuild, Ryan Bradley; State Senator Judy Schwank; President of Reading Area Community College, Dr. Susan Looney; and President of United Community Service, Bob Hoffmaster.

YouthBuild will train students on the Reading Area Community College campus.

Reading, PA – PA Senator Judy Schwank and members of her staff visited the United Community Services for Working Families facility on Front Street in Reading today. In January of 2020, Senator Schwank awarded a $25,000 educational grant to support the United Community Services home care and nurse aide training program for its YouthBuild students and members of the Berks community.

With a start date of March 2020, students completing the six-week training program are prepared to take the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) Exam. This course is offered free to eligible applicants, and will be held on the Reading Area Community College campus.

During the tour, Senator Schwank had the opportunity to meet with student grant recipients, who were excited to meet the Senator in person and express their gratitude for the funding, which enabled then to enroll in the home care and nurse aide training.

“It is a thrill to see the students whose lives will be positively impacted by these grants,” says Senator Schwank. “The careers in this field are becoming increasingly more in demand in Berks County, and it is important to work with United Community Services and their partners to graduate students from these training program that create a seamless pathway from training to employment.”

United Community Services Executive Director Ryan Bradley adds, “We are so grateful for the generous support of Senator Schwank and her staff in providing the much needed educational grant. The home care and nurse aide training program grant will have a direct impact on local families and will help us provide them with the support and hope they need to be successful.”

To find out if you qualify for this opportunity, or for more information, please call 484.755.5007 or 610.374.3319.

United Community Services is community-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit located in Reading, PA. We serve as the community/labor liaison to the United Way of Berks County connecting individuals and families to the many services provided by the 34 partner agencies of the United Way.

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