Hampton Roads Residents:

Get free job training as a Community Health Worker with arranged interviews and 60 days post-hire job counseling.

A Hampton Roads Workforce Council program in partnership with Alelo

UPDATE: This program is no longer accepting new candidates. View other Hampton Roads Workforce Council career resources >>

Community Health Worker Training and Placement Program

The Hampton Roads Workforce Council has partnered with Alelo to offer a training and placement program to 350 Hampton Roads residents who wish to start a career in healthcare as a Community Health Worker. The program consists of an 8-week online training course, followed by a 60-day interviewing period with Hampton Roads healthcare employers, and 60 days of post-hire job counseling.

Program FAQs

Community health workers work in community settings; they link patients to primary care providers, health information, health screening, financial assistance or transportation. They can also work as Patient Navigators in a clinic or hospital, and work closely with patients to reduce the barriers that keep them from getting healthcare, such as transportation, childcare, language, or understanding of the healthcare system.

In partnership with Alelo, the Hampton Roads Workforce Council is participating in a national challenge to skill or reskill workers without a college education so that those individuals can get a living-wage job with upward career potential.

The program has started. New candidates enter the training program every Monday until June 10th or until we reach 350 total candidates, whichever comes first.

This program is 100% online. You will gain skills as a Community Health Worker by role-playing online with avatars in authentic workplace scenarios. The simulation will lead you through personalized exercises to improve your skills. This combination of exercises and role-playing will make you confident and adept when encountering real-life situations in the community.

Week 1 – 1 hour
Week 2 – 1 hour, 10 minutes
Week 3 – 3 hours, 30 minutes
Week 4 – 3 hours
Week 5 – 1 hour 45 minutes
Week 6 – 2 hours, 55 minutes
Week 7 – 3 hours
Week 8 – 50 minutes

The training requires a desktop or laptop computer (laptop recommended) and a high-speed Internet connection. If you do not have one or both, we will help provide access.

Minimum operating system requirements:

  • Computer with Windows 10, Mac OS 10.11, or Chrome OS 61
  • Tablet or mobile phone with Android 8.1 or iOS 13

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No. This program is only for individuals without a college degree. If you started college but have not finished, you are still eligible to participate. An Associate Degree is considered a college degree and makes you ineligible for this program.

Yes, a high school diploma or GED is required to participate in this program.

Yes. This program will teach specific skills for a Community Health Worker. If you have other healthcare experience you are still eligible.

No. You may participate if you currently hold a job but would like to reskill for a job as a Community Health Worker. You must, however, be willing to interview and accept a job as a Community Health Worker after training.

More questions? Contact the program administrator.


  • Age 18 years or older

  • No college degree

  • High school diploma or GED

  • Unemployed or underemployed*

  • A resident in the Hampton Roads area

  • Can begin online training by June 14, 2021

* Not working full-time or not making full use of skills and abilities


  1. Complete the Interest Form

  2. We will contact you to confirm eligibility.

  3. The first 350 eligible participants will be accepted.

UPDATE: This program is no longer accepting new candidates. View other Hampton Roads Workforce Council career resources >>