Continuing & Professional Education
The Continuing and Professional Education Department at Housatonic Community College is committed to student success and community enrichment, The programs and courses offered are specifically designed for lifelong learners who are interested in investing in an accessible, affordable and quality education that focuses on professional and personal enrichment, and Workforce Development, These non-credit programs, courses and workshops are offered to a wide array and diverse population, interested in pursuing specialized training, career advancement, and pathways to college.
The primary goal of the Continuing and Professional Education Department is to serve internal stakeholders, faculty, administration, as well as external students; and continue to create an educational system with programs that will span into diverse audiences; from community service programs to professional certification programs in a face-to-face environment, online or in a blended format. CE will continue to implement new and existing programs in Allied Health, Manufacturing Engineering, Business and Information Technology, English as a Second Language (ESL), Health, Fitness and Recreation, Hospitality, STEM, and Workforce Development. Students that enroll in these Occupational training programs, will be prepared for entry and/or mid-level skills employment.
For current information about Housatonic’s Continuing & Professional Education programs,
visit the college’s website at www.housatonic.edu/CE or call 203-332-5057.
Accreditation, Certification & Licensure Approvals
- Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) Program is: Approved by the State of CT Department of Public Health, 410 Capital Avenue - MS# 12HRS, P.O. Box 340308, Hartford, CT 06134
- Certified Professional Coder (CPC) Program is: Approved by the American Association of Professional Coders (AAPC), 2233 S Presidents Drive, Suite F, Salt Lake City, UT 84129 (800) 626-2633
- Community Health Worker Program is: Approved by Department of Public Health, 410 Capitol Ave., Hartford, CT 06134, (860) 509-8000.
- CompTIA A+, Network & Security Programs are: Approved by CompTIA, 3500 Lacey Road, Suite 100, Downers Grove, IL 60515, (866) 835-8020
- Patient Care Technician Certificate Program is: Approved by the National Healthcareer Association, 11161 Overbrook Road, Leawood, Kansas 66211 (800) 499-9092
- Personal Trainer National Certification Program is: Approved by World Instructor Training Schools (W.I.T.S.), 2244 Sunstates Court, Suite 107, Virginia Beach, VA 23451, (888) 330-9487,
- Real Estate Principles & Practices Program is: Approved by State of CT Department of Consumer Protection, Real Estate Division, 450 Columbus Blvd, Ste 801, Hartford, CT 06103, .
- ServeSafe Program is: Accredited by National Restaurant Association. 233 S. Wacker Drive, Suite 3600, Chicago, IL 60606-6383, (800) 765-2122
- Sterile Processing Technician Certificate Program is: Approved by the Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution (CBSPD) CBSPD, INC., Main Street, Suite C-1, Lebanon, NJ 08833 e-mail:
- Pharmacy Technician Certificate Program is: Approved by the Connecticut Pharmacists Association, 35 Cold Spring Road, Suite 121, Rocky Hill, CT 06067, (860) 563-4619
Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)
This program prepares students to work in long-term care facilities, hospitals, and private duty. The program consists of 120 hours of classroom theory, hands-on skills in laboratory setting, CPR Certification and beneficial clinical experiences in an extended care facility. The students will learn to deliver all aspects of personal care to patients under the supervision of a registered nurse (RN). After successful completion, students will be eligible to take the State of Connecticut’s Certification exam to practice as a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA).
Certified Professional Coder (CPC)
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.
- Medical Terminology 1 (online)
- Human Anatomy & Biology
- Medical Coding CPT
- ICD-10 Diagnosis Coding and HCPCS
- Certified Professional Coder Review and (national) Exam
- Part 1 Operative reports (Advanced Coding)
- Part 2 CPC Exam Review
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.
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
In partnership with American Medical Response, the EMT curriculum is 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.
Holistic Guidance & Approaches to General Wellness
The course curriculum is targeted to health care professionals, nurses, person trainers, as well as health minded individuals. Course covers important holistic approaches to Self-Care, hands on utilization of natural remedies around the house safely, homeopathy for anxiety, life/workplace issues. Holistic approaches to stress management, lifestyle changes & general wellness. Learn when subtle symptoms are a sign of a bigger health issues and how to manage it. Mastering a positive mindset for health & happiness. This course is taught by a Licensed Naturopathic Physician.
Mental Health First Aid: Law Enforcement, Correction Officers, and 911 Dispatch Staff
This 8-hour Mental Health First Aid professional development course is taught to help law enforcement, first responders, corrections officers, 911 dispatch staff, and other public safety professionals better understand mental illnesses and addictions.
In addition, it provides training that helps to deescalate incidents so they can respond to mental health related calls appropriately without compromising safety.
Ophthalmic Assistant Certification
Students in the Ophthalmic Assistant Program take two courses, Ophthalmic Assistant I and Ophthalmic Assistant II. This program guides students in developing the specialized knowledge necessary for their careers as ophthalmic assistants and will gain skills to take patient histories, provide patient support services, administer tests and evaluations, take eye measurements, maintain instruments and perform a variety of clinical tasks, After completion of the coursework, students must work in an Ophthalmology practice to be able to take the certification examination.
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, 84-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.
Sterile Processing Technician (SPT)
The Sterile Processing Technician is a vital member of the healthcare team contributing to the delivery of safe patient care by ensuring that all instruments and equipment are ready for patient use. Most often, the technician works in a centralized department at a medical institution.
This program provides individuals with education in Sterile Processing using the guidelines established by the Certification Board of Sterile Processing and Distribution. The course is comprised of both clinical and classroom education for 50 hours over an 8 week period. Students will be eligible to sit for the Sterile Processing Technician certification examination following the successful completion of the course.
Sterile Processing Technician (SPT) Review
The review course will provide Sterile Processing Technicians with information and hands-on lab exposure prior to taking the SPD exam through Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution (CBSPD) SterileProcessing.org/cbspd.htm. This review course is tailored to Sterile Processing Technicians who have been working in the field or who have successfully completed the SPT program and are looking for additional training before taking the SPB exam to be Nationally Certified.
Sterile Processing Workshop: Top Things Every Healthcare Professional Should Know about ANSI/AAMI ST79:2017 and the 2020 Amendments A1-A4
The guidelines presented in ST79 are considered “recommendations for optimum performance levels in the processing of reusable medical devices in a health care setting” to ensure safe and effective patient care.
It is responsibility of everyone involved with the sterilization process to ensure that recommended practices, policies and procedures are followed so that patient care is not adversely affected. This course will elaborate on the intended purpose of the document with details about key changes from previous revisions including the four recent amendments from 2020 and published in 2021.
Practical applications about the documents that every sterile processing person should be familiar with will be reviewed.
TEAS Exam Prep
This course serves as a review for the materials covered in the TEAS Nursing Entrance Exam, commonly required for admission into Connecticut State Community College nursing programs. Subjects such as English, grammar and sentence structure, biology, chemistry, earth science, and mathematics will be covered for exam preparation. Textbook and exam fee are not included.
This course offers an overview of grant writing basics, including general guidelines, language, statement of need, cover letter, executive summary, evaluation, budget, etc. It will cover sample grants and discuss researching of funding opportunities. The course is recommended for individuals involved in grant procurement and grant preparation. If required, the textbook is an additional cost
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).
- Bookkeeping Practices
- Mastering Correcting and Adjusting Entries
- Mastering Depreciation and Payroll
- Mastering Inventory, Internal Controls & Fraud Prevention
Real Estate Principles & Practices
Learn what it’s like to be a real estate sales agent and even become one yourself! This course prepares individuals for the real estate licensing exam to become licensed and certified real estate sales agents. Here you will need to complete the mandatory 60 hours of class sessions and pass the final classroom exam with a 70 or better to be eligible for the state real estate license exam. By passing this course, you will meet the minimum educational requirements of the Connecticut Real Estate Commission.
English as a Second Language (ESL)
- ESL Level 10 - Essentials of English in the USA
- ESL Level 20 - ESL for Everyday Life
- ESL Level 30 - ESL for Experienced Learners
- ESL Level 40 - ESL for Your Future
- ESL Conversation Circles
Health, Fitness, and Recreation
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.
ServSafe® Food Handler Certification Training
Learn the principles of food safety. Administered by the National Restaurant Association, the ServSafe® training teaches responsible food service measures and regulatory requirements to prepare the student to become certified and meet any food handler training need
ServSafe® Food Protection Manager Certification Training
Learn the importance of food safety, good personal hygiene, time and temperature control, cross contamination, cleaning and sterilizing, safe food preparation, receiving and storing food, methods of thawing, hazard analysis and critical control points, food safety regulations and achieve your certification after passing the national exam.
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.
CompTIA A+ Certification Preparation
The CompTIA A+ certification is the starting point for a career in IT. This course prepares students for the industry-recognized certification and covers all topics related to the CompTIA A+ 220-901 and 220-902 exams, including the maintenance of PCs, mobile devices, laptops, operating systems, and printers. Students will obtain the knowledge required to assemble components based on customer requirements, install, configure and maintain devices, PCs and software for end users, understand the basics of networking and security/ forensics, properly and safely diagnose, resolve and document common hardware and software issues while applying troubleshooting skills. Successful candidates will be able to provide appropriate customer support; understand the basics of virtualization, desktop imaging, and deployment.
CompTIA Network+ /Certification Preparation
The CompTIA Network+ certification is the sign of a qualified networking professional. This course prepares students for the industryrecognized certification and covers all topics related to the CompTIA Network+ N10-006 exam, including network communication using the OSI model, network technologies, installation and configuration, media and topologies, management, and security. After completing this course, the student will understand the principles and concepts underlying computer networking. Companies such as Dell, HP, Ricoh, Sharp and Xerox recommend or require CompTIA Network+ for their networking technicians. It is a technical prerequisite option for IT technicians seeking to join the Apple Consultants Network, and is recognized by the U.S. Department of Defense.
CompTIA Security+ Certification Preparation
The CompTIA Security+ certification designates knowledgeable professionals in the field of security, one of the fastest-growing fields in IT. This course prepares students for the industryrecognized certification and covers all topics related to the CompTIA Security+ SY0-401 exam, including the most important foundational principles for securing a network and managing risk. Access control, identity management, and cryptography will also be covered in the course, as well as appropriate mitigation and deterrent techniques to address network attacks and vulnerabilities. Security concerns associated with cloud computing, BYOD and SCADA will be covered. ** Tuition includes CompTIA exam voucher and LabSim simulation product. Network+ Certification is recommended before taking the Security+ exam, but not required.
Other Courses: Information Technology
- Microsoft Office Beginner
- Microsoft Word & Excel Intermediate
CNC Precision Machining Level 1, 2, and 3
Level One Training: The course is designed to be the first level or introductory course in foundational concepts of Precision CNC Manufacturing. The course provides theoretical concepts as well as the development of the knowledge and skills required in CNC programming, machine setup and operation. The laboratory portion emphasizes practical application of CNC machine tools which involve set-ups and procedures for operation.
- Review of fundamental G code programming knowledge and terminology.
- CNC Machine Tool safety.
- CNC machine tool controls and terminology.
- CNC Machine tool operations.
- GD&T - Print reading
- Feed & Speed calculations and applications.
- CNC Tooling technologies.
- Cutter compensation and tool wear commands.
- Roper part inspection.
Level Two Training: This course is designed to be the second level or intermediate course in gradually more complex concepts of Precision CNC Manufacturing. The course provides theoretical concepts as well as the development of the knowledge and skills required in CNC programming, machine setup and operation. The laboratory portion emphasizes practical application of CNC machine tools which involve set-ups and procedures for operation.
Advanced methods in:
- G code programming knowledge and terminology.
- CNC Sub programming techniques.
- CNC Tooling technologies.
- Setup of 4 & 5 axis CNC machines
- Close tolerance inspections and reporting
- GD&T Applications
Level Three Training: This course is designed to be the third level course in advanced CNC technologies with very a high level of complexity which requires the application of advanced software, multi-axis CNC equipment metrology technologies. The course provides theoretical concepts as well as the development of the knowledge and skills required in CNC programming, machine setup and operation. The laboratory portion emphasizes practical application of CNC machine tools which involve set-ups and procedures for operation.
- Review of fundamental G code programming knowledge and terminology.
- CNC Tooling technologies.
- 4 & 5 axis motion concepts
- Live tooling concepts
- Computer Aided Manufacturing
- Computer Aided Inspections
- Working with solids
- Proper part inspection
These classes are flexible and specifically designed in modular delivery format to capitalize on 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.
Lean Manufacturing 5S Basics
This course will demonstrate the importance of Lean Manufacturing 5S applications in an industrial or office environment. Students will perform team-based projects which provide experiential learning in organizational strategies in the workplace. The impact of the class will improve workplace efficiencies and product quality.
Precision Inspection & CMM Technologies Level 1
This course will instruct the students in the proper use and care of various manual and electronic precision inspection tools commonly found in quality control departments within manufacturing. This will include various styles of micrometers, height gage uses, inspection setup and specific methods for inspection, Student will learn and apply Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing standards to their projects. The course will also introduce students to the operation and basic programming of CMM Technologies in preparation for the Level 2 class which will provide extensive training in CMM operation, setup & programming.
Precision Inspection & CMM Technologies Level 2
This course will instruct the students in the proper operation and care of CMM machines and probing technologies. The content will build upon the Level 1 course and instruct the student in extensive programming techniques, complex setups, problem solving and higher-level applications of Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing common to the Aerospace and Medical Industries.
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
Corporate Training & Workforce Development
The trainings can be tailored to specific industry needs and offered on HCC campus in Bridgeport or conveniently held at the company’s location. We have a vast pool of expert instructors to develop content and learning solutions customized for every employee level to ensure ongoing professional and personal development.
The Customized training can be tailored in areas such as: Manufacturing, Customer Service, Human Resources, Information Technology/Computers, Finance, Leadership and Management Development, Ethical and Legal Issues, QuickBooks/Bookkeeping, Safety & Security/OSHA, STEM Training, etc.
Also, training can be tailored for technical as well as non-technical staff, office as well as front-line production workers. Continuing and Professional Education has the ability to customize trainings to match the needs of our corporate client from existing modules for training. Common areas of training and workforce development include:
- Business Operations,
- Supervisory & Management Training,
- Manufacturing Technology,
- Digital Office Systems, and
- Organizational Development
Introduction to Gardening
An introductory course for learners who are ready to explore the fundamentals of gardening. Includes topics such as: plant zones; soil chemistry; and seed preparation to harvest. Students will gain the proper skills necessary for establishing and sustaining their own vegetable, herb and fruit garden. This course is interactive and hands-on, including hardening preparation laboratory, the campus garden and local community gardens.
Introduction to Herbal Medicine
This herbal medicine making course will give students the Know-How to create a basic home apothecary. One will learn how to make herbal teas, tinctures, infused oils, herbal salves and more. It includes practical understanding of what herbs are and how they work • Know-how to use herbs in different forms that will benefit different needs • Details of the most commonly used medicinal herbs and • the necessary foundation of safety and preservation of herbs.
How to Write Music From Home
This course includes songwriting, composing, and learning how to arrange your own music from home: Learn how to compose your own song, arrange creation, add multiple tracks and instruments, mixing and mastering your music to finish product; what proper copywrite and documentations look like to protect work; market your own music, work with other writers co-writing; keyboard training and proper chord and lead placements.
STEM Carnegie Pathway Training Workshop
The Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway is built on the belief that school systems, individual schools, departments, and individual teachers can improve their STEM education practices through a positive, collaborative approach. It is designed to help the widest possible range of school districts and schools adopt best practices in STEM education. If you are looking for a way to improve STEM Education at your school? The Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway is a free, strategic planning process to improve STEM education at your school or district.
Extension Credit for Professional Development
The Continuing and Professional Education Department at HCC also offers professional development, extension credit, opportunities to our community and corporate partners.
Currently, the Early Childhood Inclusive Education Program offers contracted, extension credit to providers. To find out more, please contact Shelly Tomey from Early Childhood Education, STomey@hcc.commnet.edu.
For more information, please contact:
Anna C. Cruz, MSM
Continuing Education Coordinator
203-332-5214, email: Acruz@housatonic.edu
Continuing Education Assistant
203-332-5990, email: EMelendez@hcc.commnet.edu
Tatiana Rampino, MBA
Workforce Development & Continuing Education Coordinator
203-332-5084, email: TRampino@hcc.commnet.edu
203-332-5057, email: MZiembroskihcc.commnet.edu
Non-Credit Courses Registration Process - Instructions:
Students interested in registering for Non-Credit Programs/Courses through the Continuing & Professional Education department, may complete the registration form at: https://www.housatonic.edu/continuing-professional-education/how-to-register
Simply download and print out the Registration Form and then e-mail, fax, phone, deliver in-person or mail with payment as shown below:
Please e-mail complete registration form to HO-ContinuingEd@hcc.commnet.edu .
Since many seminars and workshops fill early, we urge you to register no later than a week prior to start of a course, but will attempt to accommodate you on a case-by-case basis.
Call us with credit card information to complete registration. Please call during office hours 8:30 am-5:00 pm at” 203.332-5057
Credit/Debit Card, Check or Money Order to the Bursar’s.Office (must call in at 203-332-5057). Make payable to “HCC” and be sure to include your Banner (Student) ID # and Course CRN(s) on the check or Money Order.
Mailing Address: May Deliver and Use “Drop Box” in front of Security (Lafayette Hall)
Housatonic Community College
900 Lafayette Boulevard
Bridgeport, CT 06604
Attn : Student Accounts / Bursar
Fax Your Registration Form along with credit card information to: 203.332.8558
Tuition Payment for Non-credit Programs/Courses
Full payment is required at time of registration prior to the start of non-credit program/course. Students referred by WIOA, Workplace, or the SNAP program; and must provide required tuition payment approval documents at time of registration.
Students must contact the Continuing & Professional Education Office (via email, fax or mail) to submit a written request for withdrawal prior to the first day of class. Program(s)/course(s) that a student withdraws from will be removed from the student’s schedule and will not appear on his/her transcript.
Refund Policy for Non-Credit Programs/Courses
A student who withdraws by the end of business day prior to the first day of class, is entitled to a full refund. In cases relating to medical reasons or other extenuating circumstances supported with proper documentation, refund will be made at the discretion of the administration.
If the college cancels a course or program, the student will automatically be granted 100 percent tuition refund.
Responsibilities of Student Receiving Tuition Assistance
After payments have been received and processed from WIOA, Workplace, and/or SNAP, etc., any remaining balance on the student account is the responsibility of the student.
Most questions are answered in the catalog or simply inquire at HO-ContinuingEd@hcc.commnet.edu or call during office hours, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm.
Statement of Non-discrimination
Housatonic Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age, sex, national origin, marital status, ancestry, present or past history of mental disorder, learning disability or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or genetic information in its programs and activities. In addition, the College does not discriminate in employment on the additional basis of veteran status or criminal record.
Continuing Education Hours
Monday - Friday: 8:30 am-5:00pm
Please call during office hours 203.332.5057 or visit the CE website at www.housatonic.edu/CE
Closed Weekends and All State Holidays