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HCC receives grant for skilled training

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Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport has been awarded a $2.2 million grant to train trade-impacted workers, veterans and others for skilled jobs in the information technology and health care fields.

The grant, made available through the federal Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant, will establish:

• A non-credit computer support specialist certificate program that will be incorporated into credit-based certificate and Associate’s Degree in computer information systems, including a database management option.

• Increased enrollment in noncredit 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 residents of our 11-town service area to help them prepare for new careers.”

HCC is one of seven community colleges in the Northern Resiliency Consortium, led by Passaic County Community College of New Jersey, committed to creating a 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.

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