Programs supported by the Health and Life Science Initiative

Firefighter 1 and 2 Certificate Diagnostic Medical
Sonography (AS)
Pre-Dental Hygiene Transfer Compact (AS)
Electronic Health
Records and Coding (AS)
Nutrition and Dietetics
Program (AS)
Environmental Science and Toxicology (AS)
Mobile Application Developer (AS) Medical Administrative Assistant (Certificate and
Associates Degree)
Nursing (AS)
Data Security
Specialist (AS)
Radiography (AS)  


Gateway Community College is excited to be a participant in the Health and Life Sciences Initiative. Gateway’s focus is expanding training opportunities. The revised and new academic programs will provide the expertise and competence that employers have stated that prospective employees need. This will allow students to move into skilled jobs in areas where the labor market demand is high. Some programs can be completed within a year or two of study; others programs prepare students for the pursuit of degrees at four-year colleges.

To move successfully into the health and life sciences field, students will need more occupation-related knowledge, skills, workplace experience and for many occupations, a specific certificate or license may be required. Gateway is responding to employers’ requirements by providing students the following:

  • Day and evening classes
  • Align for-credit programs with industry-recognized credentials and skills.
  • Math and science online tutorials.
  • Online and hybrid courses to accelerate course completion.
  • College credits may be available for students
  • Recruitment and Placement Services counselors that mentor participants through a pathway towards careers in growing industries
  • Possibility to assess Prior Learning Assessment (PLA).

Today’s workforce is changing and Gateway is developing certificate and Associates Degrees in cooperation with New Haven industry and employers’ needs.

Who can benefit from these programs?

  • Veterans
  • Trade Adjusted Assistance (TAA) recipients
  • WIA recipients (the Workforce Investment Act can help people seeking job and may offer help with college tuition toward a certificate or degree)
  • Dislocated or unemployed people
  • Anyone interested in a new career

Counselors help to promote student success

Counselors are available in Student Services to help students explore the possibility of college credits available through testing or on the job experience.

Learn more about our programs by contacting:

Leigh Roberts, Recruitment & Placement Coordinator

Rick Palinko, Recruitment & Placement Coordinator

Fred Pratt, CT Works Recruitment & Placement Coordinator

Janet Hayes, Curriculum innovation Coordinator for Health & Life Sciences

Celia Carvalho, Health & Life Sciences Grant Assistant

Please contact Mary Beth Banks at (203) 285-2388 for information about the Nursing and Allied Health Programs (Nutrition and Dietetic Technology, Radiography, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Pre-Dental Hygiene Transfer Compact).

Connecticut Health & Life Sciences Career Initiative is 100% funded by a $12.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (TAACCCT)