5 Things You Need To Know Today In Worcester - September 16

 by TWIW StaffSeptember 16, 2021

In today’s daily 5 Things You Need to Know feature, ThisWeekinWorcester.com explores five important items and stories that Worcester and Central Massachusetts residents should keep a close eye on.

These five things can cover a whole range of subjects and issues that we feel are pertinent to understanding what’s going on in the city and the cities and towns surrounding Worcester.

In today’s edition - Thursday, September 16 - Quinsigamond Community College is offering free health care training, the Worcester Community Action Council is hosting a Talent Showcase and Job Fair at Polar Park next week, Dogfest New England is at Polar Park on Sunday to raise money for service dogs, Music Worcester returns to live, in-person shows, and the Massachusetts State Police are hosting a car seat safety event next week.

Quinsigamond Community College Offers Free Health Care Training

Quinsigamond Community College’s [QCC] Center for Workforce Development and Continuing Education [CWDCE] is once again offering a free Medical Administrative Assistant program and a Nurse Assistant/ Home Health Aide program, in late fall 2021 and early spring 2022. Each program takes approximately two months to complete.

Medical Administrative Assistants Program

The free Medical Administrative Assistants program prepares students to work as Medical Administrative Assistants in healthcare facilities such as hospitals and health systems, physicians’ offices, clinics, long-term care facilities, surgery centers, ambulatory surgery centers, rehabilitation centers, and other types of healthcare areas.

After successfully completing this course, students are eligible to sit for the National Health Career Association’s Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA).

The program includes free tuition, textbook and Medical Office Simulation software; Microsoft Office training; Contract Tracing and Infection Control training; and the CMAA Exam fee.

Nurse Assistant/ Home Health Aide Program

The free Nurse Assistant/ Home Health Aide program is a dual certificate that will open many doors for students, whether they choose to work in a healthcare facility or home setting. Students will learn about basic patient care, medical terminology, nutrition, patient care procedures, communication skills, basic anatomy, and safety. Basic nursing skills are taught through classroom lectures, nursing labs and clinical practice in a long-term care facility. The program includes free tuition, textbook, scrubs, and the certification-testing fee.

For more information, or to request an application, email Jo Sundin [email protected] or call 508.-751-7921.

WCAC to host Talent Showcase & Job Fair at Polar Park

The Worcester Community Action Council [WCAC] hosts a Talent Showcase and Job Fair at Polar Park on Wednesday, September 22, from 10 AM to noon.

There is no cost to attend the event, which is open to all ages.

Participating employers include: 2Gether We Eat, Boys and Girls Club Worcester, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, City of Worcester Division of Youth Opportunities, Imperial Distributors, Mohawk Fence Company, Notre Dame Health Care, Open Sky Community Services, Randstad US, Rhapsody Home Health, WPI, Worcester Jobs Fund, ABBA Home Health Care, Center for Living and Working, DCU Credit Union, Chick-fil-A Westborough among others.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a resume and interview on the spot. Raffles and prizes will also be available.

For more information, visit the WCAC website.

DogFest New England 2021 at Polar Park

DogFest New England at Polar Park on Sunday, September 19, raises money for Canine Companions service dogs to help people with disabilities.

There is no cost to attend the event, but those that register can contribute to fundraising and spread the word about this family friendly event. Those that take part in fundraising can qualify for DogFest swag and other prizes.

When registering, be sure to indicate you are bringing a dog to get your free DogFest dog bandana.

Rules for bringing dogs to the event include:

  • No female dogs in heat.
  • Dogs attending must be social and friendly with other dogs and people and comfortable in crowds.
  • Dogs must be up to date on vaccinations. This means puppies must be over 4 months old and have completed their full set of puppy vaccinations, including rabies.
  • All dogs must be kept on a leash, no longer than 6 feet, at all times.
  • Dogs must be ready to have a good time, exhibited by lots of tail wagging!

Since 1975, Canine Companions continues to place expertly trained service dogs to adults, children, and veterans with disabilities, free of charge. Our mission is to help our clients and their service dogs live with greater independence. Help us raise money to provide exceptional dogs for the over 400 people currently waiting for their new canine partners.

Music Worcester Returns to Live, Indoor Shows with Dorrance Dance on October 2

Music Worcester returns to live, indoor events on Saturday, October 2, with Dorrance Dance at The Hanover Theatre at 2 Southbridge St in Worcester.

Dorrance Dance is an award-winning tap dance company based in New York City. Founded in 2011 by Artistic Director and 2015 MacArthur Fellow Michelle Dorrance, the company shares the incredibly dynamic range that tap dance has to offer through performance & education. Its goal is to engage with audiences on a musical and emotional level, and to share the complex history and powerful legacy of this American art form throughout the country and the world.

Featuring their “thrilling movement as music” program SOUNDspace, which was created during the winter of 2012-2013 and tours for the first time this fall, Dorrance Dance’s evening in Worcester will bring together Michelle Dorrance’s deep knowledge of tap dance’s rich legacy and her exploration of new techniques.

To learn more about the program or purchase tickets, visit the Music Worcester website.

State Police Hosting Car Seat Safety Event

The Massachusetts State Police are hosting a Car Seat Safety Event at the Walmart in Framingham on September 25.

Families are invited to the event at the Walmart, located at 121 Worcester Road, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is a free event.

Members of the Massachusetts State Police Traffic Programs Section and the Framingham Police and Fire Departments will inspect car seats installed in vehicles and correct any errors in installation. Officers and Troopers will also educate families about car seat safety, whether their specific car seat may have been recalled, and whether the car seat they have is the right for age and weight of their child.

This event is presented by the Massachusetts State Police Troop H, Traffic Programs Section and Community Liaison Team; Walmart; Framingham Police and Framingham Fire Department.

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