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.

  • January 2015 ACE Orientation Dates: Jan. 5, 12, 14, 21, 26, 28 (No orientation Jan. 19)
  • February 2015 ACE Orientation Dates: Feb. 2, 4, 9, 11, 18, 23, 25 (No orientation Feb. 16)
  • 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

Wait Pro: Professional Food & Beverage Server Training and Certifications & Wait Pro 2: Food Preparation Worker & Certification  — A professional server has the opportunity for unlimited income, flexible hours, and a job that offers career advancement. Train in a field where personnel can expect to earn $15-$20+ an hour, gain hands-on work experience such as customer service, professionalism, Point of Sales, styles of service, etc. and earn two national certifications, ServSafe Food Handler® and ServSafe Alcohol®. Wait Pro and Wait Pro 2 begin March 2, 2015. Deadline to apply is Feb. 4. [Learn more]

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. Program begins May 18, 2015. Deadline to apply is April 15. [Learn more]

Small Engine Repair & Technology: 2 Sessions in 2015: 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 Training is conducted at the North Haven Campus Automotive Department. June 1- July 24, 2015. Deadline to apply is April 29.  Deadline to apply is April 29. Valid Driver’s License required.
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. First session begins June 1, 2015. Deadline to apply is April 29. Possible second session based on demand. 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-week program including clinical experience. Begins April 13, 2015. Deadline to apply is March 13.
  IT Help Desk Trainee: Train 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. This 10-week program will include basic training through A+CompTIA certification, customer service, team building and problem solving modules. Program begins April 6, 2015. Deadline to apply is March 9
NEW DATES COMING SOON: Manufacturing Production/Assembly Worker: Learn measuring, testing and blueprint reading skills in the classroom and get hands-on assembly work training at a partnering location during this 6-week program developed with input from local manufacturing employers. Essential work place skills and safety will be integrated. Entry-level assemblers and fabricators assemble finished products and the parts that go into them, including electrical, mechanical and other product types. Stay tuned for new dates and details!
POSTPONED: Warehouse/Logistics Technician: Factories, warehouses, distribution centers and transport companies employ workers to handle materials safely and efficiently. This program will use provide a Certified Logistics Technician credential which covers supply chain logistics, quality control principles, common computer program usage and other essential workplace skills in a combined online and classroom curriculum. Students will also earn their beginner Forklift Operator certification good for three-years and recognized by OSHA (Occupational Health & Safety Administration). Includes travel to an hands-on lab facility. Valid Driver’s License required. Stay tuned for new dates!



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