CAMBRIDGE — The Eastern Shore Area Health Education Center (ESAHEC) was recently awarded $146,495 in workforce development funding from the state of Maryland’s Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation’s EARN (Employment Advancement Right Now) Program.

According to ESAHEC’s grant coordinator, Steffanie Malkus, the Eastern Shore as a region, continues to age faster than the rest of the state with many counties projected to have at least 30% of their residents being 60 years of age or older by the year 2030.

Regional and local health care representatives have expressed a critical need for Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) who play a large and vital role in the care of older adults.

The EARN funds will be used to train 45 CNAs and provide job placement assistance and support.

With Malkus leading the effort, the ESAHEC has developed a strong partnership with EARN Maryland and since 2013, 112 men and women have been successfully trained and placed as CNAs.

Despite these efforts, demand continues to outpace the supply of trained CNAs, says Randy Holliday, Lead Trainer with ESAHEC.

This new round of funding will provide the resources required for the ESAHEC to continue their workforce development efforts within the region.

The Eastern Shore Area Health Education Center (ESAHEC) is a private, non-profit organization. Our mission is to improve healthcare access and outcomes for all residents on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

For more information about ESAHEC, call 410-221-2600 or visit

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