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Creating career ladders in the extended care industry: The role of the Massachusetts community colleges in the Extended Care Career Ladder Initiative (ECCLI)

January 1, 2003

Massachusetts Community Colleges-Executive Office

In order to improve struggling extended care facilities, the state of Massachusetts introduced the Extended Care Career Ladder Initiative (ECCLI) to address the shortage of entry-level workers, increase their skills, and improve the quality of care for residents. The initiative invited proposals for demonstration projects that created new career ladders for direct-care staff. These projects, which were based on a consortium model, involved collaborations between workforce training partners and long-term care providers. The role of the community college varied with each project: the community colleges assisted in training, assessment, counseling, and fundraising.

Contributing Authors
Dillon, Rosemary, and Lisa Young
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