No Cost Training Programs Enrolling Now!

Friday, December 12, 2014

The following vocational training programs offered through The GREAT Center are available at no cost through the Accelerating Connections to Employment (ACE) Grant, a partnership with Workforce Alliance.  ACE will make possible more than 200 spots for individuals to participate. These programs put participants on a fast track to a career. They include specialized training in each field, industry-recognized certifications, enhanced instructional support for math and reading comprehension, internships and clinicals, job placement support and long-term career navigation.

To become eligible: Attend a free, walk-in orientation on Mondays or Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. in Room N102, 20 Church Street. Or CLICK HERE to complete an inquiry form.

Coordinators from both programs will present information on 17 training programs available in 2015. Choose your education pathway based on your interest, work history, and eligibility. See the complete Spring 2015 schedule for details.

  • March 2015 ACE Orientation Dates: Mar. 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30
  • April 2015 ACE Orientation Dates: April 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29

Orientations will be cancelled if Gateway Community College is closed or delayed due to inclement weather. For closings and delays, please call the Gateway Weather Line at (203) 285-2049 or check

NEW DEADLINE! Community Health Worker Training – A Community Health Worker, or CHW, is a front-line worker who serves as a liaison between health and social services and the community to facilitate access to services and improve quality and cultural competency of service delivery. The most common job duties include assistance with access to medical services, community advocacy, assistance with non-medical services, case management and providing social support to community members. Classes meet Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 18-July 16, 2015, followed by a 2-4 week internship. Deadline to apply is April 1. [Learn more]

NEW DATES! Small Engine Repair & Technology: Classroom and hands-on training to learn to inspect, service and repair motorized power equipment. Jobs in this field may include working as a small engine mechanic or technician on generators, snow blowers, lawn mowers, personal watercraft, marine engines garden tractors or other small engines. Participants will test for three Equipment and Engine Training Council (EETC) Certifications. Classes meet June 8-August 7, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday-Wednesday-Friday in the Automotive Labs at the North Haven Campus, 88 Bassett Road, Transportation assistance provided. Internship placements following training. Deadline to apply is April 29. Valid Driver’s License required.
NEW DATES! Basic Automotive Service Technician: Learn the entry level skills to being a career in the automotive industry including how to perform oil and other fluid checks and changes, tire rotations, and other basic maintenance functions with a customer service focus. Get hands-on training in Gateway Community College’s automotive labs at the North Haven Campus during this four-week program. Students receive uniforms, work shoes and safety glasses. Classes meet June 9-August 6, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesdays & Thursdays in the Automotive Labs at the North Haven Campus, 88 Bassett Road. Transportation assistance provided. Internship placements following training. Deadline to apply is April 29. Valid Driver’s License required.

Patient Care Technician: Are you currently a CNA and need your Phlebotomy and EKG certifications? The 2015 Patient Care Technician program will include the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) certifications to work as an electrocardiogram (EKG) technician and a phlebotomist. Phlebotomists draw blood for tests, transfusions, research, or blood donations. EKG Technicians record a patient’s heart rate, maintain and process reports and keep equipment clean. A practical and written assessment of current CNA skills and a current CT state license required for entry. Successful completers of all three components will also test for NHA’s Patient Care Technician certification. Ten-weeks of classroom followed by one week of clinical experience. Begins April 13, 2015. Deadline to apply is March 13.

Want to know if your Certified Nurse Aide registration with the state of CT is current? Use this link to check using your name, Social Security number or Certificate ID #:

  NEW DATES! IT Help Desk TraineeTrain to provide technical assistance to computer users and obtain entry-level employment in the Information Technology (IT) sector. Learn to answer questions or resolve computer problems in person, or via telephone or electronically. Some previous work-related experience or knowledge will be required. Customer Service Communication training included. Includes 10 weeks of basic training through A+CompTIA certification, team building and problem solving modules, plus one week of customer service communications training. Classes meet May 27-August 6, 6-9:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday, followed by an internship. Deadline to apply is April 29.



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