About the Program

About the Forward Program

Housatonic Community College’s FORWARD program is an exciting new initiative funded by the United States Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant program. We are part of the Northeast Resiliency Consortium (NRC), a collaboration of seven east coast colleges—Atlantic Cape (NJ), Bunker Hill (MA), Capital (CT), Housatonic (CT), Kingsborough (NY), LaGuardia (NY) and lead, Passaic County (NJ) Community Colleges—in partnership with Achieving the Dream and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, which will collaborate over the next three years to implement the grant’s goals.

FORWARD will train a highly skilled and resilient workforce of dislocated workers, veterans, underemployed, and unemployed individuals to enter high-demand jobs in healthcare and information technology occupations. New non-credit and credit curricula will be developed in response to specific industry need and opportunities. Additionally, innovative instructional methods and technologies will be integrated into the college programs. Students will accelerate progress toward successful outcomes through Prior Learning Assessment, work-based learning, resiliency training, internships, and job placement assistance.

The program offers the following student support services:

  • Academic support in basic reading, writing, and mathematics
  • Hands-on, work-based training and internships
  • Resiliency training
  • Career counseling services
  • Resume writing, interview skills, and job search assistance
  • Ongoing employment-related support for three months after completion of program
  • College advisement and academic planning
  • Assistance navigating financial aid and admissions to HCC
Northeast Resiliency Consortium

DISCLAIMER: This workforce solution was funded by a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. The solution was created by the grantee and does not necessarily reflect the official position of the U.S. Department of Labor. The Department of Labor makes no guarantees, warranties, or assurances of any kind, express or implied, with respect to such information, including any information on linked sites and including, but not limited to, accuracy of the information or its completeness, timeliness, usefulness, adequacy, continued availability, or ownership.