Health Resources and Services Administration Grant

Human Services Program

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) will provide:

  • stipends up to $5,000,
  • a coach and mentor,
  • partial reimbursement of tuition and fees, and
  • supplies (including a computer)

For up to 15 students per year enrolled in BCC's Mental Health, Addiction Recovery Assistant, and Human Services Certificate programs.

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Cindy Spelman, HRSA Grant Coordinator

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Certificate Programs

Certificate programs:

  • Programs can be completed in one to two years depending upon your lifestyle, and offers courses in multiple learning platforms; face-to-face, hybrid and online.
  • A student who earns the Certificate will also have completed approximately half the credits required for the Social Work Transfer (A.S.) program.
  • Programs allow students to practice group work in a collaborative classroom environment and have real-world experience in the fieldwork practicum and seminar courses.
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More Information

  • Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) for Paraprofessionals.

    The $1,080,231 grant is called the Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) for Paraprofessionals.

    Graduates of these programs will be trained in entry-level positions, such as individual and group counseling, assessment, case planning, client services support, documentation, community service outreach, and referrals for individuals and families.

    Gina Stec, BCC Director of Grants Development and Management, said there has never been a better time to work in the human services field.

    "We are thrilled to have received this grant, which will allow us to provide Berkshire County with a steady stream of human services professionals. This diverse group of students will be ready to enter the workforce to assist high-risk and medically underserved communities, which are in critical need of qualified employees," Stec said.

    Bureau of Labor statistics reveal that overall employment of social workers is projected to grow nine percent from 2021 to 2031, faster than the average for all occupations. BCC is actively recruiting students to participate in this field of study. Those interested in pursuing the opportunity may reach out to Cindy Spelman, HRSA Grant Coordinator, at

*This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government.