May 16, 2021  
2016-2017 Academic Catalog 
2016-2017 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Non-Credit Programs

Housatonic Community College’s Continuing Education is a fast track, high quality, low cost, non-credit program developed to offer you educational courses with experienced instructors. HCC’s Strategic Solutions Group offers workforce training programs designed to meet the client’s needs.

The following is a partial list of courses and programs offered by HCC’s Continuing Education and Strategic Solutions Group (Workforce Development).

For more information visit the Continuing Education website at or the Strategic Solutions Group (SSG) website at
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Allied Health

Certified Nurse Aide

This program prepares students to work in long-term care facilities, hospitals, and private duty. Housatonic Community College’s program prepares the students for the State of Connecticut’s Certification exam to practice as a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA). The students will learn to deliver all aspects of personal care to patients under the supervision of a registered nurse (RN).

Certified Professional Coder

A Certified Professional Coder translates a healthcare provider’s analysis and procedural phrases into codes, or alpha numeric designations. It is necessary for CPC’s to understand the health records and their content in order to conduct proper research and provide the correct coding. With five required courses, individuals will become Certified Professional Coders.

Courses include:

  • Medical Terminology 1 (online)
  • Human Anatomy & Biology
  • Medical Coding CPT
  • Medical Coding ICD-9 and HCPC
  • Medical Coding ICD-10-CM
  • Certified Professional Coder Review and (national) Exam
  • Additional Option: Certified Medical Reimbursement Specialist (CMRS) (see description below)

Certified Medical Reimbursement Specialist

Certified Medical Reimbursement Specialists (CMRS) are skilled in facilitating the claims paying process from the time a service is rendered by a health care provider until the balance is paid. The CMRS is knowledgeable in ICD-9, ICD-10, CPT4 and HCPCS Coding, Medical Terminology, insurance claims and billing, appeals and denials, fraud and abuse, HIPAA, OIG Compliance, information and web technology, reimbursement, and much more. CMRS Billers play a critical role in a health care provider’s daily business operations. This course prepares students to take the CMRS certification exam, which is awarded by the Certifying Board of the American Medical Billing Association (CBAMBA).

Community Health Worker

A Community Health Worker (CHW) is a frontline public health worker who is a trusted member of and/or has an unusually close understanding of the community served. This trusting relationship enables the CHW to serve as a liaison/link/intermediary between health/social services and the community to facilitate access to services and improve the quality and cultural competence of service delivery. A CHW also builds individual and community capacity by increasing health knowledge and self-sufficiency through a range of activities such as outreach, community education, informal counseling, social support and advocacy.

Patient Care Technician Certification (PCT)

The Patient Care Technician is a multi-skilled health care worker who initially earns a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) certification and then gains additional skills to perform routine patient care treatments including simple lab tests, EKG’s, simple dressing changes, and phlebotomy.

Pharmacy Technician Certification

This course is a pre-certification course to prepare students for the official Pharmacy Technician Certification exam. This comprehensive, 60-hour course will prepare students for an entry level position in a community pharmacy, hospital, or long term care or other institutional setting. During this course, students will also receive an excellent review for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) national certification exam.

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

EMT curriculum in compliance with all State of CT Office of Emergency Management Services requirements, including CPR/AED, basic life support skills, medical legal issues, medical, pediatric and respiratory emergencies and patient assessment, EMS and ambulance operations, disaster management, trauma, extraction, hazardous materials, mass casualty incidents and proper documentation including HIPPA

Business & Technology

National Certified Bookkeeper

Whether you have limited bookkeeping experience or several years under your belt, there’s always time to become certified. The Certified Bookkeeper (CB) designation, awarded by the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers, demonstrates an individual’s skills and knowledge in all bookkeeping functions. This program prepares students for the six-part CB exam. The program prepares students to take the Certified Bookkeeping (CB) exam through the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers (AIPB).

Business & Technology Courses Include:

  • Grant Writing
  • QuickBooks
  • Real Estate Principles and Practices
  • Introduction to Microsoft Office
  • (includes Word, Excel, and Powerpoint)

Graphics & Design

  • AutoCAD - Introduction
  • AutoCAD - Intermediate
  • Introduction to Adobe Illustrator
  • Introduction to Photoshop

Manufacturing Technology

CNC Programming and Setup

These classes are flexible and specifically designed in modular delivery format to capitalize on your employees’ existing knowledge and skills at any level. CNC Programming Content includes Basic G & M code definitions and functions, Part design to X,Y&Z coordinate procedures & mathematics, proper program structure and development for Fanuc, Haas and other G code controls Multi tool programming, Basic and advanced feed & speed calculations and 2-3 & 4 axis programming.

Solidworks (CAD program)

Solidworks is a feature based, parametric solid modeling design tool used in the common Windows operating system. Learn how to build parametric models of parts and assemblies and make simple, fully dimensioned drawings of those parts & assemblies

Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing (GD&T)

Offers an in-depth understanding of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing concepts as adopted by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and published by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Blueprint Reading

Offers basic skills for a manufacturing environment. Course includes view orientation, drawing, symbols, dimensioning, views, title block, machining specifications and more.

Shop Math

Offers skills needed to read engineering drawings, production charts and graphs, and inspecting parts and fits to tolerances. Topics include whole numbers, fractions, decimals, measurement, percentages, fundamentals of SI metric measurement, and applied mathematics in a manufacturing environment.


Course covers methods to test instrument calibration using precision artifacts to ensure gages work to calibration. Content includes: introduction to measurement; precision hand tools and gaging (micrometers, calipers, indicators and gages); measurement instruments; surface and form instruments; optical measurement instruments; and methods for analyzing the repeatability and reproducibility of measurement instruments.

Communication & Language

Individual Communication & Language courses include:

• Reading, Writing and Communication Skills
• ESL for Families
• ESL Level 1 - Essentials of English in the USA
• ESL Level 2 - ESL for Everyday Life
• ESL Level 3 - ESL for Experienced Learners

Hospitality, Sports/Fitness, and Leisure

S.M.A.R.T Professional Bartending Certification

Learn how to shake, stir, strain, and pour! Learn how to make special shots, highball drinks, cocktails, and tropical drinks! In addition to mixing drinks, this professional Bartending course also includes the state and national SMART certification (Servers and Managers Alcohol Responsibility Training) recognized by the Connecticut Department of Liquor Control and police departments. Upon successful completion of the course, students will be qualified to work in any environment that serves liquor, including restaurants, clubs, hotels, and catering companies. Students will receive both a certificate of completion and the SMART certification. Prerequisite: Must be 18 years of age and provide a license or picture ID with date of birth.

Personal Trainer National Certification

Whether a career move or for your own personal knowledge get all the information you need to become a Certified Personal Trainer. This challenging course is taught over a 8-week period for better retention and skill competency. The National Exam is held on the 9th week. This course is formatted as a 62-hour program and is comprised of 16 hours of lecture, 16 hours of practical training and a 30-hour internship. It covers topics including biomechanics, exercise physiology, fitness testing, equipment usage and health assessment. CPR/AED is needed to receive the certificate. W.I.T.S. (World Instructor Training Schools) is the only major certifying body in the country providing comprehensive practical training and internship components

Safe Boating/PWC Certification

Become certified to operate a recreational vessel with this complete and basic, safe boating certification course taught in one 8-hour day. All students receive an official diploma and state certificate application upon successful completion of the course.

Corporate Training & Workforce Development

The Strategic Solutions Group (SSG) is the business training arm of Housatonic Community College. We strengthen workforce performance.

SSG provides full turn-key workforce solutions, including needs assessment, training development, program implementation & coordination, participant and program evaluations. SSG services are delivered at a fraction of the cost of training organizations, management consulting and out-of-state employee development services.

SSG programs are tailored for technical as well as non-technical staff, office as well as front-line production workers. We have the ability to custom craft a solution to your specific needs and build a tailored program entirely from scratch, as well as supply existing modules for training.

The scope of our training solutions includes a portfolio of more than 100 training options including programs in:

Business Operations,
Supervisory & Management Training,
Manufacturing Technology,
Digital Office Systems, and
Organizational Development.

In addition to training programs, SSG offers short 2-3 hour workshops addressing specific workforce issues that have been identified for continuous improvement. Recent workshops Greater Bridgeport companies have engaged SSG to deliver include:

  • Workplace ESL
  • Team Building I.Q. Assessments
  • Shop Floor Leadership Training
  • Silos to Synergy Teambuilding Training
  • Organizational Health Checkups, and
  • Patient Census Data Analysis

Let us demonstrate how our tailored training services can meet and exceed the goals you have set for your organization’s workforce and professional development objectives.

Strategic Solutions Group
Thomas Sheffer, Coordinator-Workforce Development