Business & Industry Services


Manufacturing Innovation Fund

The GREAT Center is ready to improve the math, science, technical, and manufacturing industry skills of workers through the CT Manufacturing Innovation Fund. There are $7 million available over the next two years, with grants ranging from $5,000 to $100,000. An employer match is required. The fund is operated in partnership between the CT Department of Labor and the Department of Economic & Community Development.  See the DECD site for information or contact Business & Industry Services.

Mission Statement

The mission of Business and Industry Services is to be the provider of choice for training and developmental programs to industry, the workforce, state agencies, and municipalities. We provide responsive, innovative, results-oriented, quality training by putting the needs of the customer first.

About Business & Industry Services

Business and Industry Services programs are key to the growth of new and established area businesses. These programs provide a full range of the latest comprehensive, cost-effective, educational training opportunities at the new state-of-the-art Gateway Community College Campus in downtown New Haven. These course offerings are also available to professional groups, labor organizations, state agencies, and other educational institutions. State or Federal funding in support of business development may be available. 

Business and Industry Services provides workshops, seminars, and credit/credit-free courses planned around your business schedule, that can be provided at your location. Customized training and retraining for 20-100 employees is available. Some examples of past training programs are: 

  • Needs assessments, with related research and analysis
  • Basic literacy and math skills
  • Basic and advanced computer training
  • Manufacturing training in CAD, CNC, CAM, Lean, GDT, and ROI
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Proposal and grant writing assistance
  • Televised instruction and state-wide teleconferencing
  • Facilities for conferences, trade shows, and workshops
  • Small business development assistance
  • Brokering services for individuals and businesses
  • Quality Assurance and Customer Service
  • Leadership and supervisory training with nationally recognized programs

Customized On-Site Training

The following are a few examples of customized programs designed specifically for some of Connecticut’s leading employers:

  • Designed English course for a medical supply company, involving 45 non-English speaking employees on three shifts, regarding a new integrated manufacturing process.
  • Provided assessment, basic math, and literacy courses for employees of a large technical manufacturer needing to improve employee skills to meet the demands of a corporate-wide quality improvement project. 
  • Retrained production employees laid off by plant closings for new careers in office automation. 
  • Instructed credit courses in medical terminology and transcription for employees of a large Connecticut hospital. 

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) & Undergraduate Credits

Gateway Community College is an associate degree granting institution which also develops and provides training programs which are targeted to the needs of business and industry. These training programs are usually a mixture of undergraduate degree credit courses and CEU courses. How each course is certified is noted throughout this brochure. Undergraduate credits and CEUs are both nationally recognized standard reporting measures for education activities.


For more information contact:

Merilee Roussat
Workforce Development Coordinator
(203) 285-2128

Our Mailing List

Brochures and informational announcements are published regularly to provide schedules of educational offerings and registration information. These are available upon request. For information, or to add your name to our mailing list, please call (203) 285-2302.

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