$26,000 granted to help students complete certificate programs


The Cape and Islands United Way’s Women United has contributed $26,000 to assist women enrolled in Cape Cod Community College's medical assistant and diagnostic technician certificate programs.


The students who will benefit from this funding are close to finishing their program, but are at risk of falling off track due to financial constraints. Graduates would be a valuable asset to our workforce, as our population ages and there is more demand for diagnostic services.


One student is studying to be a phlebotomist, and she is now able to finish her program, said Mark Skala, President and CEO of the Cape and Islands United Way. “As a single mom, who also helps care for an aging grandparent, this opportunity will not only benefit her family and help them get ahead, but it will make an immediate impact in our community.”


“As a single mom, who also helps care for an aging grandparent, this opportunity will not only benefit (her) family and help them get ahead, but it will make an immediate impact in our community.”

Jackie Barber, Pam Cundall and Tricia Besse of the Cape and Islands United Way, with Kathy McNamara, CEO, Cape Cod Community College Educational Foundation.

The $26,000 funded was raised at the recent Power of the Purse event, held at the Hyannisport Club in September. This annual event is hosted by Women United and supports women and families in the community. In addition to their partnership with Cape Cod Community College, fundraising efforts benefit sustainable, local programs such as Reach Out and Read and the annual Community Baby Shower.