Sept. 20, 2013

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HCC Receives $2.2 Million Grant
For High-Wage Jobs Programs

BRIDGEPORT - Housatonic Community College has been awarded a $2.2 million grant to train trade-impacted workers, veterans and others for high-skill, high-wage jobs in the information technology and health care fields.
The grant, made available through Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant (TAACCCT) program, will be used to establish:

· A non-credit Computer Support Specialist certificate program that will be stacked into credit-based certificate and Associate’s Degree Computer Information Systems degrees, including Database Management Option.

· Increased enrollment in non-credit allied health programs including Certified Nursing Assistant, Patient Care Technician, Pharmacy Technician, and Medical Coding and Billing, as well as the development of a new Community Health Worker certificate program.

· A new credit certificate and Associate’s Degree Medical Assistant program.

“We’re delighted to be chosen to receive this grant,” said HCC President Anita Gliniecki. “It will enable us to offer valuable new programs to the to the residents of our 11-town service area to help them prepare for new careers.”

HCC is one of seven community colleges in the Northeast Resiliency Consortium, led by Passaic County Community College of New Jersey, committed to creating a highly skilled and resilient workforce in the wake of several crises and natural disasters that have affected the states of Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York. HCC was one of two Connecticut community colleges to receive such a grant.

As part of the consortium, HCC faculty will receive exposure to the latest techniques for awarding prior-learning credit for students with work and life experience. This will be beneficial as it will help students move up the career ladder in their chosen field of study and accelerate through degree programs.

`This grant program is helping to foster a seamless transition for HCC students from non-credit to credit programs. HCC will build upon existing articulation agreements with four-year universities and work to develop new articulations based on the additional programming that will be offered as part of the grant.

Community partners working collaboratively with Housatonic include Bridgeport Hospital, the Southwest Community Health Center, People’s United Bank, City of Bridgeport Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, the Workplace, and Workforce Alliance.