Technical Assistance and Training

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STARTALK instructor Dr. Nancy Jean Smith (foreground, right) leads an activity to enhance participants’ ability to integrate their life experiences into the development of speaking and writing the target language.

CHS bases its approach to the delivery of technical assistance and training on the principles of building capacity, partnering with clients, establishing priorities that are consistent with the funder’s mission, sharing findings, and implementing a formal, yet flexible process. These principles ensure that our technical assistance and training maximize client effectiveness, promote collaborative solutions, and advance our funders’ missions among diverse clients in a variety of contexts.

CHS supports federal efforts to achieve full integration and participation in society of people with disabilities. Through our vocational rehabilitation service project, we help migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their families receive key services, such as rehabilitation for work-related injuries, career counseling, job training and placement, and occupational skills training.

In support of the US Department of Labor’s efforts to foster and promote the welfare of workers, CHS developed and tested a training curriculum to provide health and safety training for employed English- and Spanish-speaking food industry workers with low literacy and numeracy skills.

Our Migrant Education Resource Center (MERC) supported states’ efforts to improve migrant education programs and enhance their effectiveness in meeting the needs of migrant children, particularly the most mobile. We also helped these programs meet federal guidelines for migrant education by evaluating migrant education programs, identifying and recruiting eligible students, and complying with state-specific migrant education regulations.

CHS worked in partnership with McDaniel College in Westminster, MD, to develop and implement a high-quality bilingual education/ESL teacher training program, providing various professional development opportunities to public school teachers and administrators, including workshops, graduate courses in bilingual education, field experiences, and an intensive summer training institute.

CHS developed an interactive breastfeeding training curriculum, addressing the core competencies needed by those who provide community-based breastfeeding leadership, training, and education at the local agency level in the US Government program known as WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children).