May 21, 2021 Grantley Adams

WINSTED, CT – May 21, 2021 – Connecticut Community Colleges in the North-West region provide short-term workforce training that prepares students for increased employment opportunities in growing fields, while meeting employers’ needs to fill positions in areas that are currently in high demand.   

“I strongly encourage those who have been affected by the pandemic to enroll at a community college to gain the skills they need to quickly transition to a new career,” said Dr. James Lombella, North-West Regional President of the Connecticut Community Colleges, noting that employers often offer tuition reimbursement for employees to continue their education and climb the ladder of advancement within their organizations. “Our Workforce Development departments work closely with state and community partners to develop the right training programs to meet industry demand.”    

Some of these job training programs in health care at Asnuntuck, Naugatuck Valley, Northwestern Connecticut and Tunxis Community Colleges include Certified Nurse Aide, Certified Sterile Processing Technician, Dental Assistant, Electrocardiogram (ECG/EKG) Technician, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Hospital Patient Care Technician, Inpatient Coder, Massage Therapy, Medical Administrative Assistant, Medical Billing & Coding, Medical Interpreter, Ophthalmic Assistant, Patient Care Technician, Pharmacy Technician, Phlebotomy Technician, Registered Medical Assistant and Sterilization Technician. Many of these have more course sections and accelerated programs that can be completed in less time.    

Northwestern Connecticut Community College has already been successful during the pandemic in training displaced workers for new careers and rapid employment as certified nurse aides, sterile processing technicians, and EMTs as part of a larger statewide initiative.   

“As we move into a post-COVID economy, we look forward to working with our local employers to fill the workforce needs of the area as part of our Connecticut comeback,” said Dr. Dave Ferreira, Dean of Academic & Student Affairs at Northwestern Connecticut Community College. 

The colleges also offer programs in the growing fields of Information Technology (IT) and manufacturing, which have many job openings.    

Registration for workforce programs in health care at Northwestern is ongoing, with many starting in May and June. For more information, call 860.738.6419 or by email: For information on manufacturing and IT programs, call 860.253.3128 or email:   

Approximately 11,000 credit and continuing education students are registered this spring in the CT North-West regional community colleges, which include Asnuntuck Community College (Enfield), Naugatuck Valley Community College (Danbury and Waterbury), Northwestern Connecticut Community College (Winsted) and Tunxis Community College (Farmington).