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Funds Will Help Certified Nursing Assistants Gain Additional Training

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation has awarded a $25,000 grant to the Montgomery College Foundation to support workforce development efforts. The award will enable the College’s Workforce Development & Continuing Education division to provide additional training to a select group of graduates of its Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program.

The grant funds will be used to offer phlebotomy training, teaching students how to work with patients and prepare specimens for the laboratory. Students also will participate in a phlebotomy clinical internship with a local health care provider. The program will provide graduates of the CNA program with an additional certification, which may result in higher wages, a promotion, and/or expansion of career opportunities.

The grant will cover the costs of the training, textbooks, support for career navigation, job coaching, tutoring, exam fees, and other costs associated with the phlebotomy licensing.

This is the Bank of America Charitable Foundation’s second grant to the Montgomery College Foundation to support the institution’s use of I-BEST, a nationally-recognized educational model. I-BEST combines English language and basic skills instruction with vocational content to accelerate college and career success for unemployed and underemployed adult learners. Many recent graduates of the Maryland I-BEST CNA program are now employed throughout Montgomery County and the region.

“Since 2012, Montgomery College has successfully applied the Maryland I-BEST model across a number of career pathways, including CNA and apartment maintenance technician. Thanks to generous donors like the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, more than 200 students have received training and employment services,” said Montgomery College President Dr. DeRionne Pollard. “We are so grateful for the foundation’s partnership in helping the College to achieve its mission of empowering our students to change their lives.”

Montgomery College works with area nonprofits to recruit students and with employers to enhance the classroom training with guest lectures, field trips, mock interviews, mentoring, internships, and career fairs. The Bank of America Charitable Foundation grant will enable Montgomery College to expand the Maryland I-BEST (also known as MI-BEST) model, allowing students who successfully completed the initial training to expand their opportunities.

“The Bank of America Charitable Foundation’s goal is to help underserved adults succeed academically, develop jobs skills and obtain and keep livable wage jobs,” said Jeff Wood, Greater Washington Market President for Bank of America. “Our philanthropic investments are one way that we’re working to connect individuals in our community to the resources they need to lead financially stable lives.”

About the Bank of America Charitable Foundation
At Bank of America, we are committed to enhancing the economic vitality of the communities we serve through our philanthropic giving and employee volunteerism. We have a longstanding commitment to supporting leadership development in the nonprofit sector through our Neighborhood Builders® program, and fostering the next generation of community leaders through our Student Leaders® program. We also provide grants to nonprofits in the U.S. supporting housing, jobs and hunger initiatives through a quarterly application process. Last year, our employees donated 1.5 million hours to help meet critical community needs across our global footprint. Investing in communities fosters the growth that is critical for the individuals and communities we serve and for the sustainability of our business. For more information about Bank of America Corporate Philanthropy, please visit www.bankofamerica.com/foundation or follow us on Twitter @BofA_Community.

About Montgomery College
Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md. The College serves nearly 60,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 130 areas of study.

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